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SKIP of New York (“SKIP”) is providing notice of a data security incident that may affect the privacy of certain individuals’ protected health information and/or personal information.
SKIP discovered a possible loss of records and audio-visual material that impacted systems that support SKIP’s obligations under the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). We worked with our internal experts and our counsel to conduct a thorough investigation into this incident and remediate the situation.
SKIP takes the privacy and security of the data entrusted to us seriously. Unfortunately, the investigation disclosed that certain audio-visual records, in the form of CD-ROMS, conducted with, and approved by, the individual’s parents or legal guardians, which shows a brief moment of time in the client’s daily activities, were lost by the contracted moving company, when SKIP moved from its prior office location on West 26th Street, to its current location at 318 West 39th Street, NY, NY. We want to assure you that we are taking this incident extremely seriously, and we deeply regret any inconvenience this incident may have caused you.
Upon information and belief, the CD-ROMs were completely destroyed by the moving company, as per their ordinary protocols. Nevertheless, the possibility exists that the moving company lost the CD-ROMs. SKIP, based upon information and belief, determined that the only identifiers that appeared on the CD-ROMs were the images and behavior (at a point in time) of the individual, and the individual’s first name and surname. We are not aware of any misuse of personal information or protected health information as a result of this incident.
SKIP has established a dedicated toll-free number for individuals to contact with questions or concerns. If you have any questions regarding this incident, please contact the dedicated assistance line at which can be reached at 833-292-1532 (toll free), Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, excluding U.S. holidays. If members have any questions about other issues unrelated to this incident or are being denied care, please call the SKIP office number at 212-268-5999 for assistance, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SKIP has also, pursuant to federal regulations, notified the appropriate federal agency of this breach. Further information can be provided at https//ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/breach.
SKIP continues to take steps to implement additional data security enhancements and safeguards to better protect against similar events in the future. We remain committed to safeguarding the privacy and security of information we collect in providing services to our members.