The sign on the door says "private," but now, five patients at the Open Door Clinic in Elgin claim in a lawsuit that their most personal histories there have been anything but private.
The clinic provides counseling and treatment for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases..
The unidentified patients claim that the clinic accidentally leaked a master list of 260 patients’ names, along with their detailed medical and financial information.
The leak allegedly occurred because someone at the clinic was using a popular file-sharing program, like Limewire, which our investigations have shown can open up computers to complete strangers -- including criminals -- all over the world.
Mike Bruzzese, a Pittsburgh attorney, represents the alleged victims. He said, “They are absolutely shocked. Outraged, disappointed that the open door clinic released this information about them.”
According to the lawsuit, the clinic's inadvertent file-sharing occurred almost two years ago, in late May 2008, and allegedly the clinic learned about it a short time later, and did nothing.
No one from the clinic returned our calls.
Two of the alleged victims say their private information has already been used by identify thieves in other states.