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People's Personal Information Up for Bid at Auction
From: Christine Fulgham <christine () opensecurityfoundation org>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2010 12:33:33 -0400


Port St. Joe - An auction at the Gulf Pines Hospital in Port St. Joe has
former employees worried about a HIPAA law violation and possibly even identity
One past employee says old files were still in the hospital, and people
could have walked away with them after the auction last week.

Employees are frustrated because they cannot get in the hospital to secure
their files. One employee, Barbara Weeks said there is a lot of personal
information someone could have gotten such as driver's license and social

"They have all of our personal information and security, drivers license,
all of our years of work and all the information," Weeks said.

One man managed to get the old emergency room log at the auction of old
emergency room visits.

There is a sign on the hospital door that says all medical records have been
removed from the building, but employee records, the emergency room logs and
other information is just as important Weeks said. Another employee said
shes worried about having her identity stolen.

"All other files are in the floor in the middle of the hospital. We're
unable to obtain who to get in contact with, who has the key. We've tried
several avenues; county, city, state attorneys. No one seems to know," Weeks

The receiver of the property is based in California and did not return our
calls. Weeks said she brought up the issue before the auction even took
place, but 
was done about these files.
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