Information About The Largest Data Breach Settlement In History
There are more or less 45 data that are being stolen and lost every second. When this happens to a company, it will put all of their data records at risk. Since these businesses have the personal information of their clients they are also putting them at risk. If this is the case the clients can sue the company and no longer trust them. However, data breaches happen all the time.
The largest data breach settlement up to this day happened to the U.S department of health and human services and the Advocate health care. The U.S Department of health and human services settled with the price of 5.5 million dollars with the Advocate health care. The Advocate Health Care actually violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is in charge in protecting the personal health information so it will not go to the wrong hands. Every health care provider makes sure that the patients personal information are safe. There were at least 4 million personal health information that was stolen. The credit card number, the name, the health insurance and the address of every patient was included in the personal information. The exposure of the these personal health information happened in the month of August in the year 2013 after four desktops were stolen in the Advocate health office that is located in Park Ridge Illinois. These desktop computers has the information of millions of local patients. Then a second incident happened. Then hackers accessed the network of the billing services of the Advocate health care office. During the second incident, the hackers exposed at least 2,000 health information of patients. Then another data breach happened in November of 2013. There was a desktop computer in a vehicle and it was stole. The breach stole 2,230 important and personal health information. After the incidents of data breaches the Advocate of health reported them and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act started to conduct their investigation.
It is indicated in the law that every health care provider must protect the personal health information of their clients. The advocate of health violated this law and this is the result of the investigation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. They should have not left their desktop computers in unlocked vehicles and they did not do protective measures. The Advocate of health care is at fault since they did not secure a written contract from the billing subsidiary. The written contract should have the protection of the information that is in their electronic devices. The advocate health care is known as the largest health care provider in Illinois.
It is very important that health care providers protect their company and even their patients.