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In this June 30, 2011 photo, Aaron Titus, chief privacy officer and vice president of business development at Identity Finder, an Internet company that develops software to find and protect sensitive data, works at his office in New York. Electronic records can lower costs, cut bureaucracy and ultimately save lives. But at a time of mounting computer hacking threats, the risk of data breaches are of major concern.

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New data spill shows risk of online health records

Until recently, medical files belonging to nearly 300,000 Californians sat unsecured on the Internet for the entire world to see. There were insurance forms, Social Security numbers and doctors’ notes.

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