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Blue Shield, state regulators release 18,000 California doctors’ private data
San Francisco Business Times

Blue Shield of California and the state Department of Managed Health Care managed to accidentally release social security numbers of 18,000 California doctors, the San Francisco-based health insurer confirmed Thursday. Blue Shield included the social security numbers in mandatory monthly filings to the DMHC in the late winter and spring of 2013, along with information such as business addresses, business phone numbers, names and medical group monikers.