Breach, Data Security

Aetna agrees to $17M to settle data breach

Aetna will pay a $17.1 million as part of a settlement for a July 2017 data breach that may have compromised the personal health information of thousands of HIV patients.

The deal will resolve the claims made by Aetna customers in 23 states who were notified by the company that their HIV prescription notifications were sent in envelopes with a clear address window, possibly enabling an unauthorized party to view the contents,” according to a Tripwire report. About 12,000 people were involved in this mailing.

Each person involved in the incident will receive at least $500 with 1,600 of those customers who may have had their personal health information revealed to Aetna's legal counsel or the mail vendor being given an additional $75.

The month before this took place Aetna was involved in a separate incident when More than 2,000 Ohio and Texas Aetna customers had some of their personal information compromised when the information was accidentally exposed to unauthorized individuals.

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