Colorado agency loses medical aid applicants' data

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A computer disk containing the personal information of thousands of medical aid applications has gone missing from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

How many victims? 3,590.

What type of personal information? Names, addresses and state identification numbers.

What happened? The disk was lost while on its way between two state agencies. It was discovered missing on May 6.

Details: The missing data did not include birth dates or Social Security numbers.

A similar incident occurred last summer, when the agency lost a computer hard disk containing the personal information of 100,000 residents.

What was the response? The agency is working to notify affected individuals.

Source: denverpost.com, The Denver Post, “Colorado agency loses records,” July 1, 2011.

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