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NEWS from the South Carolina Policy Council

February 27, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Nerve: SLED Investigating DHEC Medical Records Tossed in Recycling Bin

Columbia, South Carolina – February 27, 2010 – Investigative reporting by The Nerve has led to an inquiry by the State Law Enforcement Division into how thousands of S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control medical records ended up in a public recycling bin.

The improper disposal of the records exposed thousands of South Carolinians to the potential of identity theft and other dangers.

The records list Social Security numbers, names, phone numbers, birthdates, addresses, yearly income levels and other personal data. In some cases, the forms also contain highly sensitive medical information, such as the results of colonoscopies and other health screenings.

For more on this breaking story by The Nerve, visit http://thenerve.org/Homepage.aspx.

Robert Appel

Director of Communications

South Carolina Policy Council

803-779-5022 Ext. 116

803-779-4953 (fax)

robert@scpolicycouncil.com

www.scpolicycouncil.com

www.thenerve.org

www.unleashingcapitalismsc.org

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