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Information About The Largest Data Breach Settlement In History

There are more or less 45 data that are stolen and lost every second. When this happens to a business establishment, it will put all of their data records at risk. The clients of these businesses will also be put at risk, since they have their personal information. When this happens the trust of the clients will be broken and they can also be sued. However, data breaches happen all the time.

The largest data breach settlement 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 violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act also known as the HIPAA. 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 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 health 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. The desktop computers that was stolen has the information of millions of local patients. Then another incident happened. After the hackers can now open the billing services of the Advocate Health care office. In the second incident, at least 2,000 health information of patients were exposed. Another data breach happened in the month of November in the year 2013. A desktop computer of the Advocate health care office was stolen in the vehicle. The data breach stole at 2,230 important and personal health information of patients. After all of these data breaches the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act started an 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. The Advocate of health should have done protective measures and should not have left the computer in an unlocked vehicle. 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.