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(Vox)   Did you get a COVID test from Walgreens in the past...entire pandemic? If so, your personal info was left on the open web up for grabs. Bonus: article author gave Walgreens time to fix the problem before publishing. Spoiler: they didn't   (vox.com) divider line
    More: Asinine, Security, Uniform Resource Locator, E-mail, Uniform Resource Identifier, Alejandro R. Ruiz, Data, Identity theft, Privacy  
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2506 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Sep 2021 at 5:30 AM (5 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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5 days ago  
I was negative before I was positive. Don't judge me.
 
5 days ago  
The fact that idiots like these could get a serious fine is a major reason I love the GDPR laws we have in the EU.
 
5 days ago  
I hope they like lawsuits.
 
5 days ago  
Oh, good. More ammo for the anti-vaxxers and Covid-deniers. Lovely.
 
5 days ago  
"We regularly review and incorporate additional security enhancements when deemed either necessary or appropriate," the company told Recode.

Also know as a lazy, cheap and vacuous 'we're do not give a fark about privacy or our customers' answer. If these dimwits operated in the EU they could look forward to a fine of 20 million euro or 4% of their gross earnings (a whopping 1.1 billion if internet informs me correctly). I suspect that might motivate these profit over customers cheapskates.
 
5 days ago  
Andrea Constand your herse is here 2 arribe you
 
5 days ago  

Hagbard_C: The fact that idiots like these could get a serious fine is a major reason I love the GDPR laws we have in the EU.


GDPR monies go to the government. Lawsuit money goes to lawyers. And I'll get $1.36.

This is why Europe will always be a 2nd world continent. You don't appreciate capitalism.
 
5 days ago  

Hagbard_C: "We regularly review and incorporate additional security enhancements when deemed either necessary or appropriate," the company told Recode.

Also know as a lazy, cheap and vacuous 'we're do not give a fark about privacy or our customers' answer. If these dimwits operated in the EU they could look forward to a fine of 20 million euro or 4% of their gross earnings (a whopping 1.1 billion if internet informs me correctly). I suspect that might motivate these profit over customers cheapskates.


Yes but would they have blue passports?

No, they would not.
 
5 days ago  
Walgreens is still working on the important stuff, like fully migrating from IE to Edge for the in-store intranet. Of course, the new "storenet" is garbage and takes twice as long to find anything.
 
5 days ago  
jnat
 
5 days ago  
I am so proud to say that I've never been tested for Covid. That hoax COVID-19 is absolute bull puckey! And you'll never catch me in a Walgreens getting a fake test for a double fake virus! God built this country, and I'll be damned if I let a leftist corporation come between me and my God!

/Sarcasm off

But yeah, in April of 2020 I was sick for about a week and a half, before masks were mandated and when testing in my area was limited to those with co-morbidities. I called the triage line, and was advised to isolate and monitor my temperature. I was also working at Sam's Club, with countless people coming up in my face telling me how ridiculous this hoax is. Whispering in my damn face from a foot away. Then the cases started cropping up in the county, then the deaths.

Not sure if I had it, tests weren't available for otherwise healthy people in their 30's, but I did the right thing and isolated for two weeks, despite not being paid. It sucked, but I didn't want to infect anyone, and I didn't want to be around the anti-maskers whispering in my face.

As soon as the vaccine opened up for everyone in early April, I made an appointment for the next day at 6:30PM, I showed up a little after 6, expecting a line. There was no line, and they were asking people to call anyone they knew to see if they might want to get vaccinated. They had cancellations and they didn't want to just throw them out (pfizer).

Got the follow up three weeks later. And guess what? Despite working directly with the public since then, I haven't felt sick at all. Despite South Dakota having one of the highest per capita rates of infection in the country.

Get your goddamn shots.
 
5 days ago  
Most of which can be found on your FB page.
 
5 days ago  
Walgreens Management: This is unacceptable, the workers who should have taken better care of this will be held responsible, up to and including terminations.
Walgreen workers who have been pleading with management for the approvals to fix this: .....
 
5 days ago  
At least that's my guess based on decades of corporate work.
 
5 days ago  

Resident Muslim: Walgreens Management: This is unacceptable, the workers who should have taken better care of this will be held responsible, up to and including terminations.
Walgreen workers who have been pleading with management for the approvals to fix this: .....


Those employees were too busy making our phone system more frustrating.
 
5 days ago  

137 Is An Excellent Time: Oh, good. More ammo for the anti-vaxxers and Covid-deniers. Lovely.


Well, how are the Illuminati people infecting people supposed know who to not infect as they're spreading this to the common folk otherwise?
They need to make sure that people think that the vaccine actually does something.
Sure, a few fall through the cracks and get infected by mistake, but those are rare.

/without morals and ethics I would have had such a blast creating rumors and getting people into trouble
//there was a point in my career that the office had so many snitches that I wanted to drown the snitches in misinformation just to get them into trouble.
///thing is, if you really believe in fate you'd trust that lying doesn't change anything, so why bother
 
5 days ago  
knot at all
 
5 days ago  

indylaw: I hope they like lawsuits.


It won't matter....because your data has been leaked so many time from so many different sources, you can't possibly prove it was OUR leak that allowed some bad actor to harm you financially.

Go form a class action...you may end up with an extra coupon on your receipt next time.
 
5 days ago  
Since there's a Walgreens 2 1/2 blocks from me, I'm really glad that I quarantined when I got back from Texas instead of getting tested.

/ it's complicated
// everything at Walgreens seems to be more almost silly in the way that it's so overly complicated for simple things, even at the register.
 
5 days ago  
If this is true if could be a very costly mistake.

Apparently HIPAA violation is spelled Walgreens.
 
5 days ago  

lindalouwho: Since there's a Walgreens 2 1/2 blocks from me, I'm really glad that I quarantined when I got back from Texas instead of getting tested.

/ it's complicated
// everything at Walgreens seems to be more almost silly in the way that it's so overly complicated for simple things, even at the register.


How? Just type in the last four digits of your phone number to confirm you're picking up the prescription for the right person.  Then confirm whether you want automated call/texts.  Then confirm whether you want your non-controlled scripts on auto-fill.  Type in your WHOLE phone number for the rewards and sale prices.  Oh you haven't been in for a while, so you need to re-enroll in the new MyWalgreens rather than Balance Rewards.  We'll need to scan your ID for the wine even though you're 60, because too many employees were overriding the age verification.  Do you want to save that card on file for your prescriptions? Okay, just run the debit as a credit.  No, don't type your PIN, hit the yellow button.  Yellow.  No, that's red, so you cancelled the payment.  No, you won't be charged twice.
 
5 days ago  
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My wife just had one there on Sunday. I think we're still under some sort of ID monitoring service from the last company that leaked the info, so...sigh. Isn't technology grand?
 
5 days ago  

LaChanz: Most of which can be found on your FB page.


That's fair, but do you leave your Facebook profile completely open to the public? All your contact info, plus COVID test results? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
5 days ago  
They fixed it.  Someone in IT got fired.  Probably that guy whose wife just had a baby and had trouble doing 60 hours a week, you know?

Oh, all that data that's out there?  Eh, it'll just mingle in with all the other data.  I can afford a couple fo credit monitoring services so I'll be okay.  Maybe those 'customers' should look in to it.  Maybe Walgreens should look in to selling credit monitoring service!  Who's got two thumbs and in getting a big bonus this year?  This guy right here!
 
5 days ago  

Harry Freakstorm: They fixed it.  Someone in IT got fired.  Probably that guy whose wife just had a baby and had trouble doing 60 hours a week, you know?

Oh, all that data that's out there?  Eh, it'll just mingle in with all the other data.  I can afford a couple fo credit monitoring services so I'll be okay.  Maybe those 'customers' should look in to it.  Maybe Walgreens should look in to selling credit monitoring service!  Who's got two thumbs and in getting a big bonus this year?  This guy right here!


That would go great with...
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5 days ago  
At this point, I figure there are remote Amazonian tribesman who have my SS#, etc.
 
5 days ago  
I wonder if this also applies to people who used them to get vaccinated?
 
5 days ago  
This is why I'm a Walmart man. If you must trust a corp with anything, go with the biggest.
 
5 days ago  

indylaw: I hope they like lawsuits.


You think America actually punishes corporations?

\the Sacklers have a giggle
 
5 days ago  

Thorazine: I wonder if this also applies to people who used them to get vaccinated?


It may be an issue for those who scheduled an appointment using the site.  If you were a walk-in your data never went through the website, only the 1990's style proprietary pharmacy software.  If there's a leak there, or in the transmission from Intercom Plus to V-Safe or any state vaccine databases, that'd be a huuuuuge HIPAA fine.

I've wondered about all the data sent/received via satellite.  Walgreens used to claim on their site that it's only second to the US government in satellite data usage, and I'm pretty sure there's still a dedicated Hughesnet satellite at 91W just for Walgreens.  Someone bored with a ku-band dish and DVB/DVB-S/DVB-S2 tuner card could capture some data, which I'd like to assume is encrypted.
 
5 days ago  

LaChanz: Most of which can be found on your FB page.


Yeah, right.
 
5 days ago  
Guessing a valid 32 character component of a URL is unlikely (but not impossible) to get a hit on a legit persons data. The worse part of this is their integration with data grabbing scum like Google and Facebook which means your health data is going those scumbags.
 
5 days ago  

kittyhas1000legs: lindalouwho: Since there's a Walgreens 2 1/2 blocks from me, I'm really glad that I quarantined when I got back from Texas instead of getting tested.

/ it's complicated
// everything at Walgreens seems to be more almost silly in the way that it's so overly complicated for simple things, even at the register.

How? Just type in the last four digits of your phone number to confirm you're picking up the prescription for the right person.  Then confirm whether you want automated call/texts.  Then confirm whether you want your non-controlled scripts on auto-fill.  Type in your WHOLE phone number for the rewards and sale prices.  Oh you haven't been in for a while, so you need to re-enroll in the new MyWalgreens rather than Balance Rewards.  We'll need to scan your ID for the wine even though you're 60, because too many employees were overriding the age verification.  Do you want to save that card on file for your prescriptions? Okay, just run the debit as a credit.  No, don't type your PIN, hit the yellow button.  Yellow.  No, that's red, so you cancelled the payment.  No, you won't be charged twice.


You're my new favorite person. You were already favorited, but you're getting a color upgrade. :)
 
5 days ago  
Well... shiat.
I had to get tested for international travel, and then when I returned. Fortunately, I tested negative both times, but thanks to Walgreens, you probably already knew that.
 
5 days ago  

Private_Citizen: Well... shiat.
I had to get tested for international travel, and then when I returned. Fortunately, I tested negative both times, but thanks to Walgreens, you probably already knew that.


We did. By the way you need to refill those herpes meds.
 
5 days ago  
Bonus letdown.  I was hoping it was that Sara Morrison since we already know her email address and not generic Recode staff that contacted Walgreens. Maybe she is just modest.
 
5 days ago  
Oh no, not my pErSoNaL dAtA.
 
5 days ago  
Have had 4 covid tests total. 1 at Krogers, 1 at a private clinic, 2 at actual hospitals. Nevertheless, I assume all my private info is out there floating around for anyone to see anyway. I've been on the web since the pre-AOL, usenet days, so I've been apart of more leaks then I care to count anymore.
 
5 days ago  
I'll never get a covid test unless I am required to by my job. Got vaccinated in January (didn't wait till February or later like all the lazy pants people), and I'm not obese. Not worried.
 
5 days ago  

OldJames: I'll never get a covid test unless I am required to by my job. Got vaccinated in January (didn't wait till February or later like all the lazy pants people), and I'm not obese. Not worried.


Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others.

If someone you've been in close contact with tests positive, you should get tested before coming into close contact with others.

That's what a smart person would do, anyway.
 
5 days ago  
Getting tested is easy and painless and you can even do it in the comfort of your own home (BinaxNow).

My wife works in a public-facing job. The employees wear masks, but the patrons do not. She goes and gets tested every week whether she needs it or not.
 
5 days ago  

FDR Jones: Getting tested is easy and painless and you can even do it in the comfort of your own home (BinaxNow).

My wife works in a public-facing job. The employees wear masks, but the patrons do not. She goes and gets tested every week whether she needs it or not.


The Binax is no good for travel since you don't have any documentation of the results or when the test was done.  For some farking reason there are a lot of people travelling to Hawaii and Canada in my area, and we happen to be one of the only locations for 100 miles or so that does a rapid test that works for travel.  For non-travel testing, we're burning through around 80-100 Binax per day when we actually have them in stock.
 
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