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Submission + - Hospital says SSN's not financial data.

theEteam writes: According to this report, St Marys Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland had a laptop stolen with information of 130,000 patients. The hospital does the right thing and sends out letters to everybody effected, telling them that "The computer contained identifying information including names, social security numbers and birthdates for many of our patients." Sounds good so far and not exactly news. Then, according to the article, they state that "the laptop did not contain any patient health or financial information." Link to the hospital letter directly is here. So when did SSNs cease to become financial data?

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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