Missing laptop returned after Premier Healthcare reports data breach of 205,748 patients

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Premier Healthcare, a multi-specialty group located in Bloomington, Illinois, announced in early March that an unencrypted laptop has been missing from its billing department since early January and started notifying affected patients of the data breach pursuant to state and federal law. The unencrypted laptop contained the personal information of 205,748 patients, including the Social Security numbers and financial information of over 1,700 patients.

In a strange twist of events, right after Premier started notifying patients of the data breach, the laptop was returned to Premier and just showed up in the mail. I am thinking there was no return address label on the envelope.

According to Premier, forensic tests were performed which showed that the laptop had not been turned on or accessed since it went missing, and therefore, the incident was not really a data breach.

The lesson learned? The importance of encrypting all laptops—even if they are located in a locked administrative building.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
- hide
- hide

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, track anonymous site usage, store authorization tokens and permit sharing on social media networks. By continuing to browse this website you accept the use of cookies. Click here to read more about how we use cookies.