Settlement From Health Insurer, Premera

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed a settlement requiring Premera Blue Cross to implement safeguards to protect sensitive consumer information and to pay $57,244.33 to the State of Arkansas over its failure to secure sensitive consumer data, a violation of the Personal Information Protection Act. Premera’s insufficient data security exposed highly sensitive health and personal information of nearly 20,000 Arkansans and more than 10.4 million consumers nationwide. Rutledge was joined in the suit and settlement with 29 other state attorneys general.

“Whether you are sick or just getting a check-up, visiting your health provider should not result in a loss of privacy regarding personal information,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Premera misled Arkansans into believing that their personal information was secure.”     MORE

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