Anthem Data Breach Settled for $115M, Despite Having “Reasonable” Security.

Last week, a federal judge approved a settlement – the largest to date when it comes to data breaches – that is historic and yet falls flat: Anthem, the Indianapolis-based insurer, has agreed to pay a total of $115 million to settle all charges related to its 2015 data breach. The breach, strongly believed to […] read more

Australia’s Notifiable Data Breaches Law Nets 31 Reports In 3 Weeks.

A new Australian law appears to be succeeding in finally unveiling the current state of data breaches in the Land Down Under. According to a release by the country’s information commissioner’s office (the OAIC), thirty-one data breaches were reported to the government since the law took effect on February 22, 2018.   Notifiable Data Breach […] read more

HIPAA Breach Results In Lawsuit And Countersuit Between Aetna and KCC.

Reuters reported earlier this month that Aetna, the health insurance company, and Kurtzman Carson Consultants (KCC), an administrative-support services provider, have sued each other over a mishandled class action settlement notification. Last year, Aetna settled a number of lawsuits regarding the fulfillment of HIV medication prescriptions. With the legal issues finalized, it was up to […] read more

HIPAA Security Trickle-down? Notifications State Sensitive Information Not Contained In Stolen Devices.

According to databreaches.net, two medical entities recently alerted patients of a data breach: Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and Nevro Corporation. In the case of EMMC, an external hard drive went missing. For Nevro, a number of laptops were stolen during a break-in. Information contained in these devices was not protected with data encryption in […] read more

Penn Medicine Sending Breach Notifications To 1000 Patients Over Stolen Laptop.

Penn Medicine has revealed this past week that a laptop computer with protected health information (PHI) was stolen on November 30. While the details are meager (aside from a short entry at philly.com, which is referenced by databreaches.net, an online search comes up empty), the following was revealed: About 1000 people were affected. The laptop […] read more

24,000 Affected After UNC Health Care Desktop Computer Stolen.

We’re on the cusp of 2018, yet data breaches that smell like 2008 are still making an appearance. According to various news outlets, UNC Health Care has announced a data breach that involved approximately 24,000 patients when a computer – a desktop computer – was stolen during a break-in. The breached data: …includes names, addresses, […] read more

47.5 GB of PHI Left Exposed on the Cloud. (That’s 316,000 PDFs).

According to gizmodo.com, security researchers at Kromtech Security Center found a wide-open Amazon Web Services (AWS) bucket that contained over 300,000 PDFs, each one a medical file that would fall under the governance of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (or HIPAA which, arguably, finally jumpstarted the drive towards encrypting sensitive digital files thanks […] read more

Delaware Updates Data Breach Notification Rules.

Delaware, the second-smallest state but the leader in business incorporations, at least within the USA, has updated its legal framework regarding data breach notifications. Beginning on August 14, 2018, companies that experience a data breach must notify any affected individuals in Delaware within 60 days. In addition, credit monitoring – free of charge, of course […] read more

Target Settles With 47 Attorneys General Over 2013 Hack.

One of the biggest hacks in history was the Target credit hack of winter 2013, which affected approximately 60 million people. Four years later, Target is finally putting the situation behind, settling legal action brought to it by 47 states. The amount: $18.5 million. This does not include the many millions the Minnesota-based retailer paid […] read more

HIPAA/HITECH Doesn’t Require You To Be Perfect, But It Does Expect You To Follow The Rules.

A couple of recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) legal settlements emphasize paperwork over security, showing that a healthcare entity’s approach to safeguarding data must be holistic: yes, you need to use encryption, and lock doors, and hide screens from potential medical data peeping-toms…but you also need to make sure that you’ve followed […] read more