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7th  December 2016
Beware of data on the web 

A lab accidentally released the medical reports of 43,000 people, including HIV patients. Some patients included in the breach are as young as 17. 

UPDATE: The reports appear to have been taken down.

Originally posted on Dec. 2, 2016, at 1:54 p.m/ Updated on Dec. 2, 2016, at 7:11 p.m.
Pranav Dixit, BuzzFeed News Reporter

BuzzFeed News was able to access the folder containing the reports via a simple search. Google

The medical records of over 43,000 people have been accidentally made public after being put online by a pathology lab in Mumbai. The reports contain confidential details like names, addresses, dates of birth, and blood test results. They also include details of patients who have had blood tests done for HIV detection. Some included in the breach are as young as 17.

The reports, which the pathology lab Health Solutions was storing in an unprotected folder on its website, were accessible to anyone with the right URL. 

Worse, since the reports were exposed, they have already been indexed by Google and likely other search engines too. BuzzFeed News was able to access the folder via a simple search.

The confidential blood test reports included one, which was done for HIV determination, from the Health Solutions website.
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