Town Council of Chapel Hill

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Date Breach Made Public: 
October 2, 2012
Chapel Hill , NC
United States
North Carolina US
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A licensed clinical social worked accidentally attached confidential client information to an email that was forwarded to town council colleagues. A copy of her and her husband's 2011 income tax returns was also in the email. The email automatically became available to the public and the error was noticed nearly a week later.  Unfortunately, the email was also forwarded a second time to a public account.  Consequently, the information was publicly available for a week.  

Many of the affected clients were University of North Carolina students.  Names, Social Security numbers, clinical notes about client mental health, payment amounts, and insurance forms were exposed.