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University of Wisconsin Professor Alan Rubel says it’s important to learn the right lessons from the National Security Agency’s bulk metadata collection program. 

Privacy advocates have raised concerns about data collection


State health officials say personal data for nearly 2,600 people was compromised when a laptop computer was stolen in January. The information includes Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.

The state Department of Community Health says the breach involves some people served by the Long Term Care Ombudsman's Office. The data on the stolen computer was encrypted but information on a flash-drive taken with it was not. It had Social Security or Medicaid identification numbers for about 1,500 people.

The state plans to take over and expand an existing program so police agencies can share and access information about more residents.