Health Information Not Part of Mistaken Release of VA Data to Website

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On Friday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that no personal health information was released when the agency erroneously provided information on more than 2,200 veterans to the genealogy website Ancestry.com, Modern Healthcare reports.

According to VA, department staff on Dec. 13, 2011, learned that some of the data provided in March 2011 to the website following a Freedom of Information Act request included personal information on living veterans.

VA said most of the data -- which included sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth and dates of active duty -- were immediately removed from the website.

The department also said it is providing the affected veterans with one year of credit monitoring services and noted there are no indications that "personally identifiable information of any veteran has been misused" (McKinney, Modern Healthcare, 1/23).


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