December 8, 2017
Gun Theft Is Not Just a Florida Problem – Florida, United States
In November, the Tampa Bay Times published a 10-month investigation about the growing stolen gun epidemic in Florida. Turns out this issue spans the entire country, according to a recent investigation by The Trace, a reporting nonprofit that covers gun violence in America. Its investigation, Missing Pieces, found that more than 237,000 guns were reported stolen in the United States last year, a 68 percent increase from 2005. Like the Times’ story, The Trace spoke to law enforcement officials who expressed frustration at the trend. "We have a society that has become so gun-centric that the guns people buy for themselves get stolen, go into circulation, and make them less safe," former St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson told The Trace. The Times project, a partnership with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, found that since 2007, at least 82,000 guns have been reported stolen in Florida and never found.
Insider Allegedly Steals Mental Health Data of 28,000 Patients – Texas, United States
The Center for Health Care Services, a provider of mental health services and substance abuse treatment based in San Antonio, Texas, is notifying 28,434 patients whose data was apparently stolen when a former employee allegedly took the information after he was fired in 2016, according to a statement issued by the center. "A former employee of CHCS was discovered to have secretly taken personal health information from CHCS on his personal laptop computer at the time his employment was terminated on May 31, 2016," the statement says. "The discovery was made on Nov. 7, 2017, as a result of documents produced in litigation between the former employee and CHCS." CHCS says the compromised data includes patients' Social Security numbers, dates of birth, medical records numbers, dates of services, referral information, progress notes, types of services, diagnoses, medications, lab and toxicology reports, autopsy reports, death certificates, treatment plans and discharge and death summaries. "CHCS does not currently believe there are any steps individuals need to take to protect themselves from potential harm resulting from the breach, but will provide further notification if the circumstances change materially," the center's statement says. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights issued an alert reminding covered entities and business associates of the serious security and privacy risks that terminated employees can pose and offering advice for mitigating those risks.
Police, Federal Officials Mull Drone Patrol for Railroads – Maine, United States
Maine police and the Federal Railroad Administration are looking at setting up a drone patrol to monitor trespassers on railroad tracks. The project, still in its infancy, involves the Brunswick Police Department. Brunswick is the current northern terminus point of Amtrak's Downeaster service line. The Portland Press Herald reports it would be the first police department in the state to use drones to monitor potential crime. State and federal officials say they will not be writing tickets if the camera-equipped quadcopters spot people on railroad property, as the drones will only be used for detection.
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