By Tim Wilson
April 21, 2010
Affinity Health Plan, a New York managed care service, is notifying more
than 400,000 current and former customers employees that their personal
data may have been leaked through the loss of an unerased digital copier
According to a press releasequietly issued earlier this month, some
personal records were found on the hard drive of a copier found in a New
Jersey warehouse. The copier had previously been leased by Affinity and
was then returned to the leasing company, the release states.
The disclosure follows the airing of a CBS News report which calls
attention to the practice of recycling or resale of copiers whose hard
drives have not been properly erased.
The report showed the discovery of numerous medical records found on
warehoused digital copiers. An executive at a company that makes
hard-drive-erasure products used a free forensics tool to glean the data
from one of the copiers in the CBS News report.
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