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A San Diego County Bank May Have Left Millions of Customer Data Exposed And More Local News

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The Bank of Cardiff is reported to have left sensitive financial data unsecured in an online storage service. Plus, Congress may expand fertility benefits for injured troops, but some religious groups are objecting, and an Oceanside film festival hosts the world premier of a music documentary.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 It's Monday, August 5th. I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up. A San Diego County Bank may have left millions of customer data exposed and some American combat veterans suffer infertility as a result of war zone injuries. Does the military care whether you'll be able to have kids, there's this old same that goes that if you know the military would have wanted you to have a family, they would have issued you one that more coming up right after the break.

Speaker 2: 00:31 Um,

Speaker 1: 00:33 thank you for joining us for San Diego News Matters. I'm Deb Welsh today San Diego is hosting an annual conference that shines a light on the integral role of Latinos in the community and this year it's attracting some Democrats who want to get some critical votes. In the 2020 presidential election, KPBS is Maya troubles. He has more

Speaker 3: 00:54 for prominent Democratic candidates, will be in San Diego to get a chance to connect with Latino's, a crucial voting block for Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar. They are all expected to appear at this year's conference by Una dos us, which is the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Latinos make up the state's single largest ethnic group and 21% of likely voters. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, connecting with Latino voters at such a large event could be critical for clinching a win in California's Democratic primary. The conference is taking place at San Diego is convention center where for three days it will be the focal point for community leaders, advocates and appointed officials. Maya trouble, C K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 01:43 A local bank may have left around a million of its customers. Financial data exposed to the public KPBS science and technology reporter Shelina Celani says it comes just days after a national data breach from the bank. Capital one,

Speaker 4: 01:58 the news broke in a vice news piece. The publication reported that Adele Marr, finance and loan business, the Bank of Cardiff left an online Amazon storage service filled with recorded phone calls between employees and customers, completely exposed to the public. KPBS reached out to the bank for a phone comment, but was turned away and a face to face request wasn't accommodated by a bank executive either.

Speaker 2: 02:26 Yeah.

Speaker 4: 02:30 Cardiff wouldn't confirm or deny the breach, but news of the incident came last week. At the same time, San Diego hosted a cybersecurity conference. They're industry leaders said threats like this to personal data are increasingly common.

Speaker 1: 02:43 [inaudible] key PBS news. Yesterday the Oceanside international film festival held the World Premier of misses. Henry presents the last walls, but that was just a special preview event. The festival kicks off in earnest on Wednesday at the sunshine, Brooks KPBS ours reporter Beth like a Mondo gets a preview with festival director Lou Niles

Speaker 5: 03:05 in his two years as managing director of the Oceanside international film festival. Lou Niles has tried to endow it with a personality that reflects some of his own tastes. You can expect to find films with ties to music, surfing and skateboarding. These choices reflect a genuine passion on his part rather than a mere attempt to cash in on a trend or demographic. So this year you can find a program with Taylor steel showing clips of his surf films and telling behind the scenes stories about the making of the movies. Niles also likes to find the ocean side connections as with skate culture's iconic. Tony Alva who's featured in a documentary that screening,

Speaker 6: 03:43 um, and he had a shop in Oceanside for about three years, lived in Oceanside, uh, surfboards and skateboards. Um, and uh, vans is presenting the Tony Elvis stories, kind of chronicles his life. Everybody is in this film. Uh, you know, from Tony Hawk to Henry Rollins is in the film talking about, um, what an icon Tony Alva is. So we're really excited to have that film.

Speaker 5: 04:06 The Oceanside international film festival runs Wednesday through Sunday at the Sunshine Brooks Theater Buff Fuck Amando KPBS news

Speaker 1: 04:14 congress is considering whether to provide more benefits for service members and veterans whose war injuries left them in fertile. Right now the military pays for in vitro fertilization only in limited circumstances and a VA program that provides fertility coverage for some veterans is scheduled to expire later this year. Carson frame reports for the American Home Front project

Speaker 5: 04:39 two three four army veteran Jason Gibson lives with his wife Cara and daughter Quinn in central Ohio. They spend a lot of their days coloring and playing hide and seek for the Gibsons family. Life hasn't come easy. In 2012 in an IED blast in Afghanistan, Jason lost both legs and suffered shrapnel injuries to his groin. Do you remember how daddy got hurt? Fuck, he stepped on a bomb. No one in the military health system talked to the Gibsons about possible fertility problems until a year later we were meeting with his nurse practitioner and all of a sudden she just brought up, hey, have you guys gotten a sperm count yet? And the thought just never crossed our mind. We just kind of assumed that everything would be okay. Jason's sperm count was practically nil and it didn't improve. The couple was told they had no chance of conceiving a child naturally and would need to rely on uterine insemination methods or IVF.

Speaker 5: 05:38 Still they received little support from the military and it's insurer care. Tri-Care would cover like IUI and they would cover some of the IVF medications, but when it comes to the actual procedure, um, egg retrieval, sperm retrieval and freezing of embryos, they don't cover that. In 2014 after Jason was medically retired from the army, the Gibson's paid for IVF mostly out of pocket shelling out more than $10,000. Quinn was born nine months later. Since then, the situation has improved somewhat. In 2016 Congress directed the VA to cover IVF for people whose fertility problems are service-related, but that can be difficult for couples to prove and funding for that VA program is uncertain. Congress has been approving it one year at a time, meaning it could go away as soon as the end of September. Senator Patty Murray of Washington state wants to make it permanent,

Speaker 7: 06:30 although we have passed a formed this bill in our yearly appropriations bills. It's caused a lot of confusion to our veterans and that's why I have introduced this bill as permanent and defined it. So specifically

Speaker 5: 06:44 Maria also wants the VA to cover more types of treatments and offer them to more kinds of veterans, including nontraditional couples and those who need donor sperm or eggs. Her bill would also require the VA to pay for the cost of adoption for veterans with service-related infertility, but the cost of Murray's bill has been a roadblock and so have religious objections. Gynecologist, Kathleen Raviel is past president of the Catholic Medical Association. She says they support veterans but oppose IVF. It takes away from the couple, the having the child, it puts it into the laboratory so the lab technician chooses the embryo or the embryo is maybe one, two or three embryos who will be implanted in the woman. The rest may be discarded and these are human lives. Senator Murray takes issue with that.

Speaker 7: 07:33 Did them, I say go talk to these men and women whose one dream is to have children and to have a family and then after yourself if you should impose your religious beliefs on them.

Speaker 2: 07:45 Yeah. And where's my peak free guarantee.

Speaker 5: 07:49 Now that the Gibsons have their family, they say they feel lucky, but they still think of other service members returning from war and hope that the government moves fertility higher on its list of priorities. There's this old same that goes that if you know the military would have wanted you to have a family, they would have issued you one. And I've just kind of always felt that's how it's been. I mean, themes like have improved, but at the time we just kind of felt last, I don't know what color,

Speaker 2: 08:15 red, orange, yellow, green.

Speaker 1: 08:21 This is Carson frame reporting. This story was produced by the American home for a project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans funding comes from the corporation for public broadcasting. Thanks for listening to San Diego News matters. If you're not already a subscriber, take a minute to become one. You can find San Diego news matters on apple, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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