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UConn Health Center investigating second 2013 data breach

By Patrick Ouellette

- The University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center is in the process of handing an insider data breach involving the medical records of 164 patients. It learned of the breach on November 4 and has sent letters to all patients whose data may have been compromised.

According to CBSlocal.com, the UConn Health Center is investigating the incident and doesn’t believe that any of the data was intentionally misused and the employee who accessed the data been placed on administrative leave. It’s unknown whether the employee had a right to access patient data in the first place and what their intentions were in accessing the 164 patients’ information. UConn will provide affected patients with third-party credit monitoring service and identity theft insurance.

This is UConn’s second internal health data breach in less than a year, as it also alerted patients back in March 2013 that a former employee had breached 1,400 patient records.

 

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