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VOL. 123 | NO. 31 | Thursday, February 14, 2008

Memphis Blood Bank Reports Laptops Missing With 300K Patient IDs

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MEMPHIS (AP) - Lifeblood, the Memphis region's blood bank, says two laptop computers have gone missing that contain information on about 320,000 donors.

The laptops were used during mobile blood drives and contain donor names, contact information, blood types, gender, ethnicity and some Social Security numbers. It is presumed the computers were stolen.

Lifeblood officials say the computers were double-password protected and it is unlikely that potential thieves could access the information on them.

Donors were encouraged to check with credit-monitoring agencies to prevent identity theft.

The nonprofit blood service collects about 55,000 units of blood a year to cover West Tennessee and parts of Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.

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