The recent theft of a computer has led to a class-action lawsuit against Sutter Medical. Around
4 million patients have been affected after unencrypted data was leaked from the foundation’s
headquarters in October.
A privacy class-action lawsuit has been filed against Sutter Medical Foundation and Sutter Physician
Services stating that the organization did not provide effective security measures to safeguard
information contained within a computer stolen from the foundation’s headquarters. The health
network has admitted that this is the largest information leak that it has ever experienced. On
October 17, a computer containing unencrypted patient data for around 4 million individuals was
stolen. Lawyers for the plaintiffs have said that Sutter failed to take responsibility for securing their
important data and have neglected to protect their patient’s confidentiality and privacy. Those
affected can still receive help though, as some lawyers are now offering no cost evaluations for
those who may have a case against the company.
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