I am a licensed radiographer for what approximates twenty-five years now. In the year 2003 I was hospitalized at my place of employment. Due to the history of people tapping into private information in my department, while at my emergency room bedside, I asked for the hospital administrator so I could request a block on any of my medical information to thwart any co-workers violating my personal records. In short, after being released from the hospital, I requested an audit trail of anyone who had viewed my records via hospital computer access. Not only did I find out that six co-workers had illegally viewed my files, among them was the head administrator of my department. I can't tell you how violated I felt. Today I got home after work and found a letter waiting for me stating that there may have been unauthorized access to my personal information in connection with a missing unencrypted external hard drive used by an employee of my hospital institution and that an investigation is being conducted. It further states that the police have been notified. I feel like I should seek advice and see in turn if I should seek legal action....against whoever is responsible and my institution as I find these two incidents negligent and without true regard to me and my right to privacy. And just to add, I think that I may be the victim of discrimination and not being regarded as an individual with valid concerns as I am of african descent. Will you direct me on how I should proceed responsibly?
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