Umbilical-cord bank told to tighten data security.
- Blog Post by: Jane Friedmann
- May 6, 2013 - 3:00 PM
Cbr Systems, Inc., a California company that collects and stores umbilical cord blood and tissue for possible medical research, must implement better data security measures and submit to security audits after a breach exposed 298,000 customers' personal information in 2010, the Federal Trade Commission announced Friday.
Names, addresses, Social Security numbers, medical histories, credit or debit information, drivers license and other data, primarily of pregnant donors, was copied onto unencrypted backup tapes, according to a complaint by the FTC.
While in transit from one facility to another, the tapes were stolen from a backpack left in an employee's car, the complaint said.
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