Anthem fined $1.7 million in 2010 breach
SAN FRANCISCO - Anthem Inc., which revealed Wednesday that the records of 80 million of its customers had potentially been breached, was fined $1.7 million for a 2010 computer breach that resulted in the disclosure of personal information of approximately 612,000 people.
The fine was levied by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under HIPAA, the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which governs the confidentiality and security of medical information.
This week’s breach at Anthem will likely be the largest health care related breach to date as it involved as many as 80 million Anthem current and former customers. Anthem is potentially liable for fine of up to $1.5 million for the breach under HHS rules.