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    Health official: CD with NYer data lost for month

    Associated Press
    Last updated: 5:15 p.m., Saturday, April 17, 2010
    ALBANY -- A health department official says a compact disc with the names of 328,000 New Yorkers has been missing nearly a month.

    State Department of Health spokeswoman Claudia Hutton says the disc contains nearly two decades worth of data on participants in a state program for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

    The CD went missing at the agency's Corning Tower headquarters in Albany.

    Hutton says there's no reason to believe the disc was taken out of the building. She says the disc was obtained from New York City and contains names, addresses and diagnostic codes.

    The disc is encrypted, but a password to access the contents may have been written on the outside of it.

    Hutton says workers realized the disc was missing about March 20.
    This is the kind of stupid activity that should mean that several people get fired, immediately and without question.

    First, there is no disclosure for almost one month. While it may be that it's taken them this long to release it was missing, and then attempt to contact the effected parties, a month seems overly long to publicly say 'a data CD is missing'.

    Secondly, and this is the major screw-up in my mind, the password gets written on the CD, and it's allowed to remain. Despite all the amount of current information about securing data, some moron decides that it's a good idea to do that, and no one -apparently including supervisors- has this corrected. It would appear that no one even questioned this as being totally inappropriate.
    "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." - Catherine Aird