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State Sues WellPoint Over Data Breach Notification

The state of Indiana's attorney general is suing insurer WellPoint Inc. for $300,000 for not notifying customers in a timely enough manner that their data was at risk.

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The state of Indiana's attorney general is suing insurer WellPoint Inc. for $300,000 for not notifying customers in a timely enough manner that their data was at risk.That data, according to state officials, included credit card numbers and medical records. The breach may have affected 470,000. According to Bloomberg Businessweek: "The lawsuit filed Friday in Marion County accuses WellPoint of violating a state law that requires businesses to provide notification of data breaches in a timely manner.

State officials say the personal records were exposed for at least 137 days between last October and March. The suit says WellPoint learned of the problem Feb. 22 but didn't start notifying customers until June.

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The IndyChannel.com published the following almost obligatory post-data-breach statement:

"Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to protecting the privacy and security of our members' and applicants' personal information, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations," said spokesman Tony Felts. "As soon as the situation was discovered, we made the necessary security changes to prevent it from happening again." I'd like to see more commitment from companies before a breach ever occurs, rather than heightened commitment for a few months following a breach.

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George V. Hulme, Contributing Writer

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An award winning writer and journalist, for more than 20 years George Hulme has written about business, technology, and IT security topics. He currently freelances for a wide range of publications, and is security blogger at InformationWeek.com.

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