Premera Blue Cross has consented to pay $10 million as compensation for a nearly year-long data breach that impacted more than 10.4 million health patients, the Washington state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced yesterday.
More than half of those funds, roughly $5.4 million, will be allocated to Washington, and will be applied toward the enforcement of state data security and privacy laws, the AG’s office said in a press release. The remainder will be split among 29 other states that formed a coalition and joined Ferguson’s legal action.
The $10 million penalty is separate from any additional monies that the Mountlake, Wash.-based health insurance company may have to pony up as the result of an ongoing class-action lawsuit filed in Oregon.
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