Lost Hard Drive Exposes 10K EMS Records in New York City

An employee of the New York City Fire Department lost a personal hard drive containing the information of 10,253 individuals treated by the city’s emergency medical service between 2011 and 2018.

by Graham Rayman, New York Daily News / August 12, 2019
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(TNS) — An FDNY employee lost the personal information of more than 10,000 people treated by the city’s emergency medical service.

The data, collected between 2011 and 2018, was on a department worker’s personal hard drive that was lost in March, the FDNY said.

Out of an abundance of caution, FDNY officials sent letters to all 10,253 people notifying them of the breach. Of those people, 2,988 are being offered credit monitoring because their social security numbers were on the hard drive.

“Although there is no evidence to date that any of the information stored on the personal device has been accessed, the FDNY is treating the incident as if the information may have been seen by an unauthorized person,” the agency said in a statement.

The FDNY did not name the employee, share any details about where they work or why it took five months to notify people that their personal information was compromised.

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