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Alarms Raised Over Data Breaches

The state prescription drug databank, called E-FORSCE, sent personal prescription-drug information on 3,300 Floridians out to prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in six Volusia County drug cases, and the American Civil Liberties Union wants to know why, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The records were released without patients’ knowledge or consent, ACLU says.

In another case involving an alleged data breach, a federal indictment is charging a worker at South Florida State Hospital in Pembroke Pines with using the computers there to steal the identities of about 1,000 patients, theSun-Sentinel reports.  The worker was supposed to be helping the patients find jobs when they left the institution.

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