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Watchdog Agencies Report on VA Privacy, Security Woes

Privacy of ‘Millions’ Potentially at Risk; Security Weaknesses Cited

Joe Gillespie, senior privacy and security consultant at tw-Security offers a similar assessment.

“I’ve never seen where the Social Security numbers of others are ever included in PII/protected health information requests because I’ve never seen Social Security numbers of others being part of a record/file that might be requested,” he says.

Gillespie notes that the inclusion of other individuals’ Social Security numbers in the records of other individuals poses additional risks for SSN abuse and identity theft.

“In my experience, the most common place where the identity of others might be recorded is in behavioral health records and I believe there has always been an effort to redact names of others, especially when there is any concern for safety,” he notes.


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