Wis. Clinic suffers data breach

December 20th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

A Wisconsin counseling center sent data breach notification to affected individuals. The data breach incident may have exposed mental health records for approximately 500 individuals.

According to the reports, data breach at Wisconsin counseling center may have included mental health records. The incident was the result of stolen laptop. Fox River Counseling Center had an “unsecured laptop” stolen. Outpatient mental health records of clients were reportedly on the computer. Wisconsin Disability Determination Bureau psychological evaluations were also included on the device.

Clinic psychologist Dr. Scott Trippe mentioned that client names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical histories, mental status interviews, results of psychological testing, diagnoses and statements of work capacity were all included on the laptop.

The Wisconsin center did not specify how the computer was unsecured. It mentioned that it was an older model and has not yet been recovered. Since the incident the center reported that it “upgraded security, including encryption software.

Fox River Counseling Center reported the burglary to the Oshkosh Police Department. Laptop is still missing. A police spokesman did not immediately respond to a request from for information about the status of the investigation.

According to the statement:

For more information about identity theft, visit the website for Wisconsin’s Office of Privacy Protection at privacy.wi.gov.

Anyone who thinks their information might have been compromised may call one of the three major credit bureaus to put a fraud alert on their credit report. 

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