TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Data Disk on Georgians Lost

Data Disk on Georgians Lost

Shannon McCaffrey, Associated Press (
Tue, 10 Apr 2007 10:55:56 -0500

Disk with data on 2.9M Georgians lost
By SHANNON McCAFFREY, Associated Press Writer

A disk containing the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of
2.9 million Medicaid and children's health care recipients is missing,
Georgia health officials said Tuesday.

The state said the security breach was reported by Affiliated Computer
Services, a private vendor. ACS did not immediately return a phone
call seeking comment.

The Georgia Department of Community Health said it was requiring the
Dallas-based company to notify everyone affected and to offer free
credit reports. The children's health care program involved in the
data loss is called PeachCare.

Officials said the information, also including addresses, went back
four years and included some people who are no longer on the rolls.

State officials said they had notified the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs and the state Attorney

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

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