Tennessee Accidentally Exposed the Personal Information of Thousands of HIV Patients

An explosive new report reveals that the Nashville Metro Public Health Department exposed the personal information of thousands of people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS
The Tennessean reports that Metro Health keeps a database of those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS in the middle Tennessee region. The information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Enhanced HIV/AIDS Reporting System (eHARS), which explains that the information is used to assist “health departments with reporting, data management, analysis, and transfer of data to CDC.” Like the national database, the Tennessee list contains sensitive information about each patient, including “social security numbers, birthdays, addresses, lab results and some of the intimate secrets of private lives.” Only three government scientists were authorized to see that information, and only to work on a project related to an HIV grant program. But thanks to a mistake made by a person managing the database, access

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