Florida coronavirus testing sites demand personal data
The officials managing Florida’s 100-plus coronavirus test sites have asked the 1.3 million people tested so far for for names, social security numbers, dates of birth, and insurance information. Nearly 1,000 private labs process these tests, and dozens of contractor organisations collect swabs and deliver test results, some of them with no previous health care experience. There is little consistency about what information individuals are asked to provide, and there is no set vetting process for those involved in administering the tests. Quest Diagnostics, which has reported more than 260,000 of these tests, suffered a data breach in 2019 when a hacker was able to gain access to personal information it held on 12 million customers.
Writer: Cindy Krischer Goodman