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Alabama DPH sends 500+ patient data breach notices

By Patrick Ouellette

- The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has notified more than 500 patients who were treated at one of Alabama’s 65 county health departments that their personal information and identities were compromised.

According to the ADPH notice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division alerted ADPH that they were prosecuting the case on June 5. The unknown source being prosecuted stole the data, such as clients’ names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers from ADPH, as well as several other entities.

Privacy Officer Samarria Dunson said to waff.com, “[w]e believe now that it is possible they may have been former employees, but we are still participating in the investigation. It would be particular records that were printed out by individuals.”

The report stated that the patient records may have been part of tax fraud rings in Alabama and Georgia, as more than $20 million in fake tax returns were filed, according to al.com.

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