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FDNY: Over 10,000 EMS Patients’ Personal Data May Have Been Exposed

August 09, 2019 - 5:23 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The FDNY on Friday said the personal information of more than 10,000 patients treated by its emergency medical services between 2011 and 2018 may have been compromised.

The department says that in March, an employee lost an external hard drive that hosted the information. The drive was never recovered.

“The employee, who was authorized to access the records, had uploaded the information onto the personal external device, which was reported missing,” the department said in a statement.

All 10,253 individuals whose information was stored on the drive were notified this week of the massive data breach.

The missing data includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers and insurance information.

“There is no evidence to date that any of the information stored on the personal device has been accessed, the FDNY is treating the incident as if the information may have been seen by an unauthorized person,” the FDNY noted.

The 3,000 patients whose Social Security numbers may have been compromised have been offered free credit monitoring.