Acting Health Secretary and Deputy Do Not Testify at Hearing for Contact Tracking Data Violation – Pittsburgh News

Acting Health Secretary and Deputy Do Not Testify at Hearing for Contact Tracking Data Violation – Pittsburgh News

READ MORE: Pa. GOP Calls On Gov. Wolf To Fire Vendor That Mishandled Contact Tracing Data That’s what he said played out Tuesday in a Pennsylvania Senate hearing hosted by the Communications and Technology Committee that aimed to start the conversation about the recent data breach involving private health information of tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians. The committee asked Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam and her deputy to testify. “Both ended up declining, saying they couldn’t talk because of the pending lawsuit,” said Sen. Stefano.

Sen. Stefano tells KDKA’s Meghan Schiller it’s hard to get the information and data if the people who should have it refuse to show up. “It’s great to ask questions that no one answers. So, there’s no feedback, there’s no back and forth. It was awful,” said state Senator Pat Stefano.

“They pulled out right away, claiming they couldn’t discuss any of the issues of the case. That is not transparency,” he said. READ MORE: Lawsuit Filed Against Pennsylvania Department Of Health, Global Insight Over Contact Tracing Data Breach

MORE NEWS: Contact Tracing Data Breach Exposes 72,000 Pennsylvanians’ Personal Information The Pennsylvania Senate committee wants people to act and file HIPAA violations if you talked to a contact tracer since the start of this pandemic. You can do so here. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro sent KDKA this statement saying, “These allegations about a contractor failing to safeguard people’s personal data are concerning. Our office is aware of these allegations and cannot comment further at this time.”

“Was it me? Was it my mom? Whose contact information was sacrificed? We don’t know,” said Sen. Stefano. Sen. Stefano believes shoddy security practices by Atlanta-based Insight Global Inc. are to blame for the alleged breach of private health information. The Pennsylvania Department of Health hired Insight Global to handle COVID-19 contact tracing.

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