A Massachusetts hospital that in July reported a data breach that could affect approximately 800,000 individuals now says it will not send via postal mail individual notification letters to those affected.

South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, Mass., on July 19 announced that back-up computer files that were sent to a contractor to be destroyed have been lost. The files contained extensive amounts of protected medical and financial information. They were not encrypted because a back-up process for the files did not permit them to be encrypted. Specialized technology and knowledge, however, are required to access the files, according to the hospital.

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