Data Breach Hits Department Of Health

The Rhode Island Department of Health says there was a data breach affecting nearly nine-thousand people.

A link to a spreadsheet was accidentally included in emails sent by DOH staff between late July and late October to people who were on a list to receive food box deliveries while in COVID isolation or quarantine.

State officials say when the breach was discovered a series of protocols were put in place.

Immediately restricting access to the file; and • Identifying additional steps to prevent unintended release of information in the future, including additional trainings for staff and enhanced security measures for the handling of sensitive information.

No medical or financial information was released but names, addresses and other information was contained in the emails.

(Photo Credit: Rhode Island Department of Health)

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