When it comes to exposing personal data of patients and consumers, the government isn’t fooling around. Recently, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary was fined $1.5 million dollars for losing a single laptop exposing 3,621 patient records. Additional HIPPA violations also contributed to the large fine.
In another case, a non-profit hospice in Idaho lost a laptop containing sensitive personal information about 441 patients resulting in a fine of $50,000, not a small price to pay for a non-profit. This also marked the first such penalty involving fewer than 500 data breach victims.
And, it’s not just healthcare that’s being affected. A restaurant management company was the first to be fined under the Massachusetts Data Privacy Law. The group was fined $110,000 for exposing customer’s credit card data due to a malicious code installed on their systems. The restaurant continued to accept credit cards after learning of the breach. Another lost laptop cost a small Massachusetts company $15,000.
Are you protecting your business’ data and devices against intrusion or exposure? If you’re not sure, ask yourself...1 Comment
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