Police are still investigating a security breach at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. The security breach has left a unknown number of victims open to identity theft according to the attorney general’s office.
The Hospital has already sent out letters to the affected former patience of the hospital. The letters expressed that a former employee had accessed patient records for the purpose of applying for credit cards and loans.
The spokesman for the attorney general didn’t know how many people had been sent letters. However, Hugh Williams, who is the coordinator of the identity theft office of the state attorney general’s office, said that the number of people that could have been affected could be significant. He is also not sure when the data breach was discovered, but encouraged people who receive letters to take them serious.
The data breach is still under under investigation. This is a situation that falls under the state law passed last year where businesses are required to inform people promptly of any data breach that could effect them.
Laws like the one past last year in maryland are getting passed all over the US and I think it’s a very good idea. Businesses handle data breaches very differently. Some tend to try and cover it up until the last minute while others do the right thing and informed people early. Laws that force businesses to inform people of data breaches promptly are a step in the right direction.