Blumenthal files data breach suit

Jan. 15, 2010

from legalnewsline.com

BY NICK REES
HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Following a security breach involving health information, social security numbers and bank account numbers for approximately 446,000 Health Net of Connecticut, Inc., enrollees, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has filed a lawsuit.

Blumenthal’s suit also seeks a court order to require that any protected health information on Health Net’s portable electronic devices be encrypted. The court order would block Health Net from continued violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

“Failing to protect patient privacy blatantly violates federal law and Health Net’s public trust,” Blumenthal said. “We are seeking a preliminary order to protect patients and consumers, and will fight for civil penalties.”

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