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CA AG and Insurer Reach Lawsuit Settlement

SSN PRIVACY—U.S.

October 2, 2012

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Anthem Blue Cross have reached a $150,000 settlement in Los Angeles Superior Court over a data breach incident involving Social Security numbers, the Associated Press reports. Between April 2011 and March 2012, letters were mailed to Medicare Supplement and Medicare Part D subscribers that included the recipients’ Social Security numbers, a violation of California state law. An Anthem spokeswoman said there has been no indication that recipients’ data was abused and the organization has created a new alert system for sensitive subscriber information, the report states.
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