UC San Francisco is alerting the individuals about the burglary which led to potential breach. Unencrypted laptop which belonged to a faculty member in the Cardiac Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia Service was stolen. UC San Francisco mentioned that it contained some sensitive information of about 435 patients.
After the theft, UCSF promptly began an extensive technical analysis to identify what information was on the laptop. The analysis revealed that the computers contained some personal, research and health information.
The affected information includes names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, and health insurance ID numbers. However, Social Security numbers were not included. The computer was taken from the employee’s office. UCSF police and UCSF officials were immediately notified after the incident.
“UCSF deeply regrets any inconvenience this incident may cause,” UCSF said in the statement. “The university is committed to maintaining the privacy of personal, research and health information, and has taken additional steps to secure that information, including strengthening administrative, technical and physical processes for information security.”
As per the UCSF statement, there is no evidence of attempted access or misuse of the information on the laptop. Individuals who are potentially affected are being notified and the California Department of Public Health has also been alerted.
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