The Air Force is taking disciplinary action against members of the 88th Medical Group in Ohio who left a notebook holding sensitive data in a conference room following a blood drive on base. The notebook was found the morning after being misplaced under a chair in the same limited-use room.
“While there is no evidence to suggest that personal data was accessed or misused, and the listing was only misplaced for a very short period of time, it is Air Force policy to inform individuals whose personal information could have been compromised,” according to a statement that appeared in local newspapers.
An alert was sent to 3,800 people whose names and Social Security numbers were included alongside other personal data collected during a blood drive. The Air Force acknowledged the notebook should have been locked up between uses.
The officials did not provide details on how many people were disciplined because of the incident, nor what “administrative sanctions” entailed.