Developing Story: HIV Data from Tennessee allegedly placed on a Nashville Public Health Department public server for 9 months.
This is bad.
imstilljosh.com has been hearing rumors of this big developing story for more than a week, and it appears that the Tennessean is planning to run a story on it on Sunday. But a local investigational reporter is breaking the details tonight exclusively on News Channel 5.
The details that we have heard so far from unconfirmed sources:
The eHARS file (database with confidential HIV information) was placed by a metro Nashville employee on a public (or at least semi-public) server for over 9 months. This particular file has highly confidential results of positive HIV tests and labs, etc. If this is true, it is a major data breach potentially and at the least a major misstep and mishandling of non-public, confidential HIV results of Tennessee residents.
More updates as they develop.
Imstilljosh.com first scoops this developing story:
Breaking: HIV Data Left on Nashville Health Public Server for 9 Months, allegations say. https://t.co/39nmJJfmDZ
— Josh Robbins (@imstilljosh) July 11, 2018
The Tennessean published their article ahead of schedule and it’s a deep analysis. Great read and journalism!
Identities of Thousands of Tennesseans with HIV Compromised by Government Error – https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/07/11/nashville-hiv-aids-patient-database-potential-breach-middle-tennessee/738653002/
Also, Chris Conte with Nashville’s News Channel 5 did a story (including Josh Robbins)
Thousands of Tennesseans have had their HIV status information compromised. Advocates are outraged by the breech of confidentiality. pic.twitter.com/fj61TUT9vE
— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) July 11, 2018