About 201 million Americans have private health insurance plans. Of those, as many as 80 million, or 40 percent, may have had their social security numbers, addresses, birthdays and more stolen in the Anthem health insurance hack.
Only two things weren’t stolen: your credit card and medical information. Lucky you. With your social security number, employment record, address and birthday, I think any hacker worth his salt can steal your identity in less time than it will take you to read this story.
You know what’s even worse? It appears none of that data was encrypted. Why the heck not? Because it wasn’t required. Under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), health insurance companies are not required to encrypt their customers’ data.
If a company is not required to encrypt data, it is certainly less expensive not to do so. But making the choice of saving money, in…
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