Georgia is warning parents of 140,000 babies that some of their personal and medical information has been exposed because of a security lapse.
The Georgia Department of Human Resources mailed letters Wednesday to the parents of infants born in the state between April 1, 2006, and March 16, 2007, saying records containing their Social Security numbers and information about their medical histories were improperly discarded.
Its a tremendous mistake on our part, said Stuart Brown, director of the states Division of Public Health. Its worrisome for two reasonsone is were concerned about the confidentiality of some of the information, and second, were concerned that this will cause reduced assurance in the public health system.
The records do not contain names or addresses, Brown said. And he said there is no evidence the information has been used improperly.
Brown said the records were supplemental forms submitted by hospitals along with birth certificates. The forms are supposed to be shredded after the information is entered into a computer for public health analysis. But Brown said that amid staff turnover, the shredding was not done. -- by the Associated Press