The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is notifying about 1,300 individuals that payments made to them from State hospital accounts have been posted on a public Web site for up to several years, the Associated Press reports.
The department in 2009 started building NC OpenBook, a searchable Web site on state spending for grants and contracts as part of a process to improve transparency. But the department recently discovered “that for several years, information regarding all payments made from its State hospital accounts has been posted on NC OpenBook,” according to a public statement from the department.
Compromised information included name, address, date of payment, dollar amount and name of the paying facility. The information now is not accessible and procedures have been changed to ensure the information stays off the Web site, according to the department, which also notified the federal HHS Office for Civil Rights.
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