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04/11/2007 04:00 PM ID: 61725 Permalink   

CD Lost With Data on 3 Million Georgians

 

A contractor working for Georgia's Department of Community Health has revealed that they've lost a disc which contained information on almost 3 million Georgians who are enrolled in Medicare and PeachCare health programs.

Affiliated Computer Services was hired to process the data, which included billing and health care claims. It also held sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, names and addresses. The disc was being sent from Atlanta to Maryland.

Company spokesman David Shapiro stated there has been no apparent evidence of identity theft as the disc has only been missing for a few days, and as a result are treating it like a missing package.

 
  Source: www.consumeraffairs.com  
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  PeachCare!?  
 
Nothing peachy about that mishap, CD info coming soon to a pirate website near you
 
  by: zmethod     04/12/2007 12:44 AM     
  this stuff makes me so mad its like a joke  
 
it seems like at least once a month i read an article about millions of americans' personal information being "lost" or "comprimised" which of course leads to identity theft. identity theft can literally ruin your life, but companies threat it like a lost letter worth no more than an apology, and the government doesn't do squat because identity theft for them is nothing but extra income. argh, it makes me so mad. your own life could be the next to be ruined, and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.
 
  by: maverick7h     04/12/2007 10:44 AM     
  @mav  
 
I agree, companies that lose information of this nature should be held fully and completely responsible for any harm that comes from their incompetence and negligence. It’s just another example of the US being a nation of the corporation, by the corporations, for the corporations.

There is something you can to but it is extreme. Get off the grid. Burn your plastic, use only cash for transactions. Don’t give anyone your SS# unless it is required by law. Don’t use banks. Don’t use cell phones or computers. Unhook from society. Sometimes I have to wonder if Ted Kaczynski was right. And that’s coming from an MIS.
 
  by: Valkyrie123     04/12/2007 02:26 PM     
  And don't forget  
 
Stop paying taxes.
Go into the woods and build fortesses which no government may penetrate.
Abide by the individualistic nature of the true self and shun those who cast dispersions on our civil liberties.
Oh, was I ranting?
 
  by: John E Angel     04/12/2007 06:44 PM     
  DVD?  
 
if the disc in question were truly a CD, they could keep only about:

800mB / 3 million people = 267 bytes per person

That's probably shorter than this post.
 
  by: reverend j roach     04/16/2007 03:40 PM     
  Its probably a DVD  
 
Most people couldnt tell the difference

Also, CD's went up to at least 1gb.
 
  by: Gogevandire   04/16/2007 05:11 PM     
  well  
 
Maybe they had some super cd that can hold more than your average...no i guess not
 
  by: leparsdon     04/18/2007 03:21 PM     
 
 
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