Government Laptop Stolen With Personal Information of 133,000 People

A government laptop was stolen, compromising the personal information of thousands. Sounds like old news, but this is a new story in today’s Washington Post. This time it is a laptop from the Transportation Department in Florida.

The laptop, assigned to a special agent in the Miami office, was stolen from a government vehicle on July 27 in Doral, Fla., Zinser told Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) today in a letter obtained by The Washington Post.

The computer contains the names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and addresses of 42,792 Florida residents who hold a pilot’s license; 80,667 people in the Miami-Dade County area who hold commercial driver’s licenses; 9,496 people who took personal driver’s license tests or obtained their license from an examining facility near Tampa, the letter said.

I find these reports ironic in light of the HIPPA regulations of the last few years. Those are the rules which result in every doctor or other health care provider having to give you those privacy notices, along with a number of more obnoxious regulations. It looks like before the government got so worried about people’s privacy beilng violated by the medical profession they should have paid a little more attention to their own practices.

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