Redskins: Trainer's laptop stolen but medical records safe

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The NFL and the Washington Redskins say there's no evidence indicating medical records are at risk after an athletic trainer's laptop was stolen in April.

The Redskins confirmed Wednesday that someone broke through the window of a trainer's locked car April 15 in Indianapolis and took a computer. Deadspin reported that the computer included medical records from the past 13 years' worth of scouting combines.

The Redskins said in a statement that no social security numbers, protected health information under HIPAA laws or financial information was stolen or is "at risk of exposure." The laptop was password-protected but not encrypted.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email the league is aware of the situation and there is no evidence that the thief accessed any information on the computer. He said the information on the laptop belonged to the Redskins and the NFL Electronic Medical Records system was not compromised.

The Redskins sat they are working with the NFL and NFLPA to locate and notify players who may have been affected and are taking steps to prevent future incidents. That includes encrypting all laptops issued to trainers and other team personnel.

The NFL has directed all clubs to review how they protect data and train those with access to medical records on privacy and security policies.


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