Healthcare data breach

Sue Reinert filed this request with the Everett Police Department of Everett, MA.
Due April 25, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Sue Reinert

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

I'm looking for police reports and all other public documents related to the Everett Police Department's notification to the Cambridge Health Alliance on Jan. 31, 2018 that patient information had been found in the possession of an unauthorized third party.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Sue Reinert


To whom it may concern,

Attached please find the response to your request.

Captain Paul Hamilton
Records Access Officer
Support Services Division

From: Sue Reinert

Dear Captain Hamilton:
Would you clarify what you mean by "substantive documents?"
If you have documents relating to the disclosure to Cambridge Health Alliance on Jan. 31 but you believe they are not public documents, would you explain what exemption they fall under?

From: Everett Police Department

To whom it may concern,

Simply put, there are no records.

Captain Hamilton

From: Sue Reinert

Thanks, Capt. Hamilton. Just want to make sure I understand you. Can I assume from your response that there are no documents means that the Everett PD notification to Cambridge Health Alliance on Jan. 31 was not via email, mail or some other form of writing? I don't want to misunderstand your response to my followup. Thanks for your patience.