Wyoming Agency Sent Resident Details in Unprotected Email
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming state agency has sent an unencrypted email containing the private information of more than 2,000 residents.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that an employee with the state Department of Health's Aging Division accidentally sent the unprotected message.
Officials say the email contained information for residents who received care at Carbon County Senior Services.
Officials say there was a low risk of harm caused by the error, which was reported May 1 and was immediately followed by an investigation.
The state says the person receiving the email was authorized to have the information, but "there is a chance protected health information could have been viewed, read or saved" by an unauthorized individual.
Officials say social security numbers and banking information were not included in the email.