Computer Theft Exposes 2,394 Texas Children's Personal Data
Names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers, Medicaid numbers, photos and/or health information may have been accessed.
Texas' EveryChild, Inc., recently announced that the personal information of 2,394 children and young adults under age 22 with disabilities may have been exposed when computers were discovered stolen from the organization's Austin office on February 2, 2014 (h/t PHIprivacy.net).
The stolen computers contained the children's and young adults' names, as well as one or more of the following: address, birthdate, Social Security number, Medicaid number, photo, and/or health information.
While there's no indication at this point that any of the information has been misused, all those affected are being offered free access to credit protection services.
"Upon discovery of the theft, we immediately notified law enforcement and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission," EveryChild said in a statement [PDF]. "We are cooperating with investigations and attempts to recover the computers. We are also improving the security of confidential information through security alarms, enhanced technology, and policy and procedure changes."
Patients and families with questions are advised to contact (877) 742-8844.
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