Pittsburgh space attorneys criticize Pa’s well being division. And international insights into contact tracing knowledge breach – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Information about private health conditions should stay private and not end up on the other end of a Google search.
As a result, attorneys from the Pittsburgh area have filed a class action lawsuit, the first of its kind, related to tracing COVID-19 contacts.
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KDKA’s Meghan Schiller spoke to senior attorneys about why they claim the Pennsylvania Department of Health failed to inform the public.
On Friday, KDKA’s Meghan Schiller confirmed that the Senate will hold a hearing on Tuesday to discuss the violation and the incumbent Pennsylvania Secretary of Health will testify.
“The representations made to people that this would be protected, that this would be private, that no one would know about it. On the contrary, that didn’t happen, ”said attorney Jack Goodrich.
Goodrich – along with attorneys Phil DiLucente, Lauren Nichols and Ken Nolan – spoke out for the first time on Friday about the alleged statewide data breach that sparked a class action lawsuit.
The attorneys filed the lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Insight Global, Inc. on Thursday. The company hired COVID-19 to track contacts across the Commonwealth.
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“We all agree that there is nothing more personal than a person’s private health information,” DiLucente said.
“We’re not just talking about a person’s name, gender, or phone number, or their sexual orientation or gender representation, or family size or family members. But health data, the place where they work, ”DiLucente said.
Internal emails from these attorneys allegedly indicate that Insight Global employees were aware of the lack of passwords or encryption to protect this information.
“How does the $ 29 million payment result in a Google Doc and personal personal Gmail account being used in place of a secured internal server and network?” said Nichols.
The data breach is being resolved on the Atlanta-based company’s website. The violation only affected a few people. All those affected will be “notified by email”.
Nolan said Friday the aftermath could be identity theft or COVID discrimination.
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“You are looking at people applying for a position and there is information that shouldn’t be available on Google that was available to Google for those potential employers,” said Nolan.