In this article Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times gives a step-by-step breakdown or as he calls it “translation” of Anthem’s consumer communications, it doesn’t shine the brightest light on the recently breached health insurer.
As you are now all too well aware, on February 5th Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield disclosed that it had experienced a data breach in late December that it believes compromised the confidentiality of personal information. The breach affected not only Anthem clients but also clients of other Blues companies that partner with Anthem. Many of your employer clients are now asking – how does this affect our company? The answer – in classic lawyerly fashion – is: it depends.
The FBI claims that it is close to figuring out who hacked Anthem.
FBI Executive Assistant Director Bob Anderson told reporters, “I think we’re very close already. But we’re not going to say it until we’re absolutely sure.”
Anthem, the second-biggest health insurer in the U.S., has said that the personal information for 78.8 million people was compromised. Of this 78.8 million people, it is suspected that 60 million to 70 million were of its own current and former customers and employees.
This weeks Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast covers the Anthem hack, the probable Chinese role in it, the possibility of information sharing actually passing and much more.
Class action lawsuits have begun to spring up across the country in response to the Anthem data breach. Individuals in California, Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, California [again], and California [again] have filed lawsuits against the health insurer after their personal information was stolen by hackers.
Following the Anthem breach “New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that it will integrate regular, targeted assessments of cyber security preparedness at insurance companies as part of the department’s examination process.” Additionally, the department plans to issue “enhanced regulations” to insurance companies operating in New York. Dark Reading has the whole story.