Sources told Target 11′s Rick Earle that the Department of Health has pulled out of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee hearing, and the contractor will also apparently be a no-show. Breaking: sources say Pa. dept of health has pulled out of this morning’s State senate hearing on massive contact tracing data breach first exposed by Target 11. Contractor also apparently will be a no show. Hearing still set for 10:30am. #wpxi
— Rick Earle (@WPXIRickEarle) May 11, 2021 The breach impacted about 70,000 people across Pennsylvania. Earle discovered that health and other personal information collected during contact tracing was compromised.
>>STORY: Demanding answers: Pa. leaders may have known about data breach since February A class action lawsuit was filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Insight Global.
However, some former employees told Target 11 that the company failed to secure the information they collected from contacts. Insight Global, a staffing company based in Atlanta, Georgia, received a $23 million contract to hire 1,000 contact tracers in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.
update: State health dept just told me they were planning to attend hearing today but once lawsuit was filed they pulled out because they say they can’t comment on pending legal action. #wpxi The Department of Health told Earle that due to the lawsuit, they pulled out of Tuesday’s hearing because they cannot comment on pending legal action.
Source — Rick Earle (@WPXIRickEarle) May 11, 2021
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