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An audit conducted by the U.S. Office of Inspector General found the medical records of U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees are at risk due to lackluster privacy and security practices, Nextgov reports. The IG’s report states that the DHS Office of Health Affairs did not meet the federal requirements for protecting personally identifiable information, citing poor employee training on best privacy practices and security holes in platforms containing sensitive information. The audit also found that the top privacy official lacked the authority and resources needed for an effective privacy program. The Inspector General offered 11 recommendations to enhance the agency’s privacy procedures.
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