Lawsuit Claims HIV Data Exposed in Leak

February 24, 2020 Mayuri Kumar

A lawsuit seeking class action status filed against UW Medicine in the wake of a data leak incident has been amended to reflect that at least one HIV patient allegedly had their data exposed.

The lawsuit alleges UW Medicine, a Seattle-based academic medical system that includes several hospitals and a large physician practice, failed to properly protect PHI when it misconfigured a database, leaving nearly 974,000 patients' information exposed to the internet for several weeks.

The plaintiffs are seeking "orders requiring UW Medicine to fully and accurately disclose the precise nature of data that has been compromised and to adopt reasonably sufficient security practices and safeguards to prevent similar incidents in the future."

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