Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County Admits Security Breach

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Calif., recently began notifying an undisclosed number of clients that their names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, and medical and health information may have been accessed when 10 laptops were stolen during a burglary on the night of August 12, 2013 (h/t HealthITSecurity).

HealthITSecurity reports that the laptops were used by attorneys who were helping patients with healthcare services.

No identity protection or credit protection services are being offered to those affected, though the notification letter [PDF] does advise those affected to place a fraud alert on their credit files, and to review all statements from their health insurers or health plans.

“We are sorry that this incident occurred and want to assure you we are carefully reviewing our procedures and practices to minimize the risk of recurrence,” Legal Aid Society executive director M. Stacey Hawver wrote in the notification letter.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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