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NC DHHS Reports Data Security Incident

November 24 –The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is notifying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and affected individuals of a recent incident in which a spreadsheet containing personal information was sent in error to a vendor in an unencrypted email.

The spreadsheet included names, social security numbers and test results for about 6,000 people who underwent routine drug screenings for employment, intern and volunteer opportunities at DHHS. These screenings were routine and applied uniformly to applicants for particular positions. A person’s inclusion in the spreadsheet reflects only that they sought an employment, intern or volunteer opportunity at DHHS within the affected time period.

Upon learning of the breach on Sept. 27, 2017, DHHS immediately started an investigation and promptly coordinated with the vendor on the deletion and secure destruction of the personal information in the spreadsheet. While DHHS cannot...(continued)

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