July 8, 2013
By: Mike Vasilinda
Tallahassee, FL - The names of three thousand people who have been prescribed dangerous narcotics were inadvertently leaked to private attorneys. The American Civil Liberties Union discovered the breach in early June.
The department of Health is responsible for maintaining the database security. It scheduled a workshop on the problem Monday morning.
Health officials scheduled a four and half hour meeting to discuss changes to the drug monitoring program. It lasted less than thirty minutes.
The ACLU’s Pamela Burch Fort was the only participant. The group wants tighter controls on which names pop up in a search. “It will insure that you’re targeting what you are targeting. Right now, you are just asking for names and when those names are then released to others, it’s very reveling,” says Pamela Burch Fort, ACLU Attorney.
The ACLU is also asking state lawmakers to require search warrants for access to the database. “This is very private information, between patient and doctor. It reveals patient’s conditions,” says Fort.
Health Officials declined to take questions after the brief meeting, they also declined to make someone available on camera.
In a statement the Department of Health said it “works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated states, county and community efforts.”
The department of Health says it will take the input it receives and continue the discussion about database security at a meeting in August.