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Former healthcare employees learn personal information was leaked

Posted: Updated: Jan 19, 2014 12:58 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A possible leak of sensitive personal information has many former Middle Tennessee employees on edge.

Former employees of Tenet Healthcare Corporation have learned sensitive financial data from their past employment was somehow leaked onto the Internet.

Tenet Healthcare is a major corporation with hospitals throughout the United States, including Tennessee.

Billy Weeks, of Lebanon, contacted News 2 after stumbling upon the information while doing research online for an attorney. He became concerned when he recognized several names on the list.

"I think [there were] about 25 people, like doctors and so forth, who worked for this corporation," Weeks told News 2.

The document in question is a 2000 nonprofit tax return consisting of hundreds of pages.

The document contains thousands of names and social security numbers of past employees who donated to their favorite charities, with Tenet matching the contributions.

The thousands of listed social security numbers were reportedly from all across the United States.

Kathy Warmath was one of the names Weeks recognized on the list. Warmath, now a Lebanon City Council woman, had spent several years working for Tenet Healthcare.

"Somehow all of our information got posted online and it includes our social security numbers.
So I was just sick. To me it is just a scary thing. Whoever did it was, um, purely just ignorant in the true sense of the word. I made several phone calls to folks I know and all of us are just horrified."

Ashley Walton, a spokeswoman for the Tenet Corporation, said the company didn't know about the breach until News 2's Andy Cordan made them aware on Friday. Walton told News 2 they are working fast to remove the sensitive information from the web site and are launching an internal investigation to learn how the information was posted.

On Saturday the Tenet Healthcare Corporation released the following statement in response to the sensitive financial data leak.

"Immediately upon learning that social security numbers of our employees who had contributed to the Tenet Foundation in 2000 had been posted on the Internet by SearchFoundation.com, we worked with the web site to have this information immediately removed. This information was released to SearchFoundation.com by the government in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The individuals' information should have been deleted before it was released by the government. We are working with the appropriate government agencies to ensure that this information is not released again in the future." 

 

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