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An investigation by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review found that contractors or employees at 167 Veterans Affairs facilities committed 14,215 privacy violations over a two-and-a-half year period. The violations affected more than 100,000 veterans and 551 VA employees. Some of the violations included posting photos of the “anatomy” of some of the victims on social media. In other cases, the personal information of some victims was used to obtain credit cards. The study found that privacy violations at the VA very rarely result in the offender being referred to the Office of Inspector General much less punished.

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