Tennessee government accidentally releases information of HIV-positive residents to public

Tennessee government accidentally releases information of HIV-positive residents to public

[Ed. – The least government is the best government.]

Due to a government error, the identities of HIV positive people in Tennessee have been released to a database accessible to all government employees in the state.

According to the New York Post, the database of private medical information was only supposed to be viewed by three scientists employed by the government. However, now over 500 Tennessee government employees have had access to it for as long as nine months.

The supposedly private database, containing the names, lab results, and social security numbers of patients living with HIV, was discovered to be stored on a shared computer server, a server that is accessible to any employee or official in the agency.

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Metro Health officials told a state newspaper, The Tennessean, that they did not think the “database was improperly opened during the nine months it was on the shared server because there is at least some evidence the file was never touched.”

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