3,300 Floridians' Personal Medical Information Leaked

By: Matt Horn
By: Matt Horn

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the prescription drug monitoring program disclosed more than 3,300 Floridians' medical information.

The information was requested by Seminole County, and shared with attorneys in six criminal cases in Volusia County. The attorneys received confidential prescription information not related to the cases.

The Department of Health, which is responsible for maintaining the database, denied multiple requests for an on-camera interview talking about what happened.

In an email, state health officials say, "a law enforcement agency has indirect access to information maintained in the Florida prescription drug monitoring program."

The ACLU disagrees and says it violates HIPAA laws.

Maria Kayanan, Associate Legal Director of the ACLU of Florida says, "we want to know how information of private confidential medical information made it from what was presumed to be a safe database."

The program, up and running in late 2011, was once ridiculed by Governor Scott. "I don't support the database. I believe it's an invasion of privacy," he said.

Now, he's backing it to the tune of $500,000 for the next fiscal year. The ACLU says they hope this leak will lead to the closure of the program.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office denied a request for an interview, but they say they are reviewing the case.

Matt Horn, News Channel 7.

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