Pictured: A mural of George Floyd in Houston, Texas. Floyd's medical records were reportedly accessed in unauthorized fashion by numerous Hennepin County Medical Center employees. These individuals are reportedly no longer working for the hospital facility. (Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

It’s important to manage all personally identifiable information and sensitive documents with care. But some data is so at risk that additional safeguards or more careful auditing may be warranted — as evidenced by the alleged unauthorized access of medical records of George Floyd, whose death was ruled a homicide at the hands of the police.

"It is no surprise that the health system found employees accessing and viewing this data," said Taylor Lehmann, partner and founder at the cyber consultancy SideChannel, board of directors member with the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC), and former CISO at numerous health care organizations. "Medical record snooping occurs for many reasons – health care worker curiosity into the status of a given celebrity, their neighbors, their friends and family, and other reasons. And [it's] also easy to do."

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