UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY HOSPITAL PATIENT DATA STOLEN
The University of Kentucky Hospital announced a laptop was stolen from a private office in June 2010. The laptop contained patients’ personal identifying information, including medical records. The University of Kentucky Hospital has begun to contact around 2,000 patients who may be at risk for identity theft due to the data theft.
Like Alabama, Kentucky does not have a breach notification law. As a result, businesses that experience a data loss or breach are not obligated by Kentucky law to send breach notification letters to potential identity theft victims. Delayed notification to identity theft victims can increase their risk of harm.
50 State Survey Breach Notification Laws (as of April 2010). 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have enacted breach notification laws. Has your state enacted a breach notification law?
Identity theft victims should be notified immediately after a data loss to prevent the possibility of identity theft and put potential victims on notice. If you have received a breach notification letter from a hospital, creditor or insurer, you may be entitled to money damages. Contact identity theft attorney Micah Adkins for a free legal consultation.