Last month, an unusual ransom demand was made on the Commonwealth of Virginia. See Encryption Used By Hackers to Demand Ransom for Virginia Prescription Database, May 5, 2009. In a posting late last week, the Virgina Department of Health Professions announced that it had sent a letter to affected individuals ("persons whose PMP records contained a nine-digit number that could be a social security number"). If you are crafting such a notice for your own use, this letter is of particular note. While it isn’t a universally-approved model, it would seem like a pretty good initial response to a claim of inadequate notice that you used the same form that the Commonwealth of Virginia used.
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