Stolen Computer Equipment Exposes Mental Health Data

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Mental health service provider Sharper Future recently began notifying an undisclosed number of clients that their personal and medical information may have been exposed when the company's Los Angeles office was burglarized.

In a notification letter [PDF] dated May 21, 2014, Sharper Future explained that on or about March 29, 2014, "electronic equipment that stored our records" was stolen from its offices. "The information stored on the stolen equipment was password-protected and it would be extremely difficult for someone to access it," the company stated.

Data stored on the equipment included clients' names, birthdates, health and clinical histories, treatment records, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) identification numbers, and in some cases, Social Security numbers. No financial information was stored on the stolen equipment.

All recipients of the notification letter are being advised to review their credit reports for unusual activity. Clients with questions are advised to contact (844) 324-8776.

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