October 15, 2009

SO DON’T WORRY, YOUR HEALTH RECORDS WILL BE SAFE: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on ‘Joe the Plumber’. “A former contractor for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police has been charged with rummaging through state computers to retrieve confidential information about ‘Joe the Plumber.’ . . . The State Highway Patrol says that Gerke used a law-enforcement computer network on Oct. 16, 2008 to access personal information about Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher. . . . The Dispatch revealed several questionable checks of state computer systems for confidential information about Wurzelbacher after the presidential debate. Helen Jones-Kelley, then director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, authorized several computer checks on Wurzelbacher that the state inspector general concluded had no legal purpose.”

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