Article of the Week: Texas HHS Announces Possible Data Breach Affecting Nearly 2,000

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (“HHSC”) recently announced a possible data breach affecting nearly 2,000 residents in the Houston area. As required by federal law, HHSC is notifying all of the 1,842 people who may be affected by the potential breach. The possible breach stems from the discovery of a discarded box of forms found beside an unsecured dumpster behind one of HHSC’s complexes in Houston, with the forms containing names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health information, bank account information, phone numbers, and mailing addresses.

HHSC has announced that it is currently reviewing procedures for the disposal of documents that contain confidential and personally identifiable information. HHSC has also announced that it is willing to provide free credit monitoring and identity theft services to those possibly affected by the breach.

The article can be found here: HHSC Breach Announcement – The Washington Times