DENTAQUEST LAPTOP THEFT EXPOSES PATIENTS’ SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS
A dental benefits manager for multiple government programs in the U.S. has declined to identify the number of Bradley County families potentially impacted by the theft of a contracted employee’s laptop computer containing confidential information like client names and Social Security Numbers.
In its statement, DentaQuest reported the laptop theft occurred March 20 in Chicago and was informed of the incident April 1. The company offered no explanation for the 12-day notification delay. DentaQuest reported the laptop contained a database which held the personal information of approximately 76,000 clients. The contractor advised most of the data is not considered sensitive, but the device did contain the first names, last names and Social Security Numbers of about 21,000 individuals. Some 10,500 are Tennessee residents. In Tennessee, DentaQuest provides dental benefits coverage for TennCare and CoverKids.
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