Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Independence Blue Cross report breaches

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is blaming a vendor for a breach that compromised the personal health information of 1,567 people and Philadelphia-based Insurer Independence Blue Cross was breached in a separate incident.

The unnamed vendor reportedly sent the member benefits explanations, also known as health-care services summaries, to the wrong BCBSRI member in the same household or on the same family policy, according to the Providence Journal.

After analyzing 80,000 health-related websites, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral researcher found that 90 percent shared user data with third-party advertisers and data brokers. Read more

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