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Real Time Health Quotes leak affected health insurance applicants

So it appears I missed a third-party vendor/business associate leak that affected at least two covered entities and possibly more. Great thanks to Humana for sending along the vendor’s press release when I inquired about a breach report Humana had made to HHS as affecting 5,764 members or potential members. It turns out that the breach was atReal Time Health Quotes,and it involved a data leak discovered by researchers.

Of note, Florida Blue (BCBSFL.com) was also impacted by this breach, even though Florida Blue has no relationship with RTHQ and had no idea how or why RTHQ was in possession of data from 939 insurance applicants involving them. In a notification they made on October 27, Florida Blue wrote:

Florida Blue does not have a relationship with RTHQ. We are taking additional steps to determine how RTHQ acquired this application information and why RTHQ stored this information on an unsecured server.

Excellent questions, and kudos to Florida Blue for attempting to...(continued)

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