The personal information of 1,700 brokers was sent in an email by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana.

What type of personal information? Social Security numbers, phone numbers and addresses.

What was the response? The company is offering free credit monitoring to the affected brokers for 12 months and has taken steps with its technology systems to assure such an error does not occur again.

Details: The brokers who received the e-mail were the same people whose information was exposed. The spokesman said no customer data was involved.

Source:, Business Insurance, “Louisiana Blue Cross confirms data breach,” Sept. 30.