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By Clare O’Gara
Tue | Aug 13, 2019 | 12:40 PM PDT

Does "better late than never" really apply when it comes to data breach notifications?

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) just warned of a major data breach affecting certain ambulance riders.

And an employee who ignored protocol is apparently to blame.

The kicker? The Department has known about the situation for five months.

The New York Post covered the story:

The theft affected 10,253 people who were treated or taken to the hospital by FDNY EMS ambulance between 2011 and 2018—including 2,988 whose social security numbers might have been exposed, the FDNY said.

"This was not a hacking, but a loss of data caused by one employee's failure to follow the department's data security policies," said fire department spokesman Myles Miller.