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Blue Cross Blue Shield data breach under the microscope

November 23rd, 2009 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,In The Spotlight,Laws & Standards

A data breach that results in exposing private details usually means bad consequences. Especially when an institution fails to properly inform those affected of what had happened. Such is the case of the recent Blue Cross Blue Shield’s (BCBS) loss of confidential information, including tax identification and social security numbers, for about 800000 healthcare providers from all US.

The data breach in question is currently being investigated by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as BCBS may have broken the state law by suffering the breach and then failing to inform those affected on time.

The information in question was lost back in August when a laptop containing it was stolen. Although the theft has affected providers all across the US, the Connecticut AG is only investigating on behalf of 18,817 of its Connecticut health care providers. What he aims is to obtain credit monitoring for more than just one year, as commonly offered, and seek additional identity theft protection.

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On the other hand, BCBS states they started notifying those involved within days from the incident, not a month later as implied by the AG. Either way, they are more than willing to offer credit monitoring for two years, or at least a branch of the institution is!

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