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$1.2 Million Penalty in Copier Breach

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Affinity Health Plan, a managed care plan company based in New York, has just agreed to pay federal regulators $1.2 million to settle a 2010 incident that affected 344,557 individuals whose data was discovered on the hard drives of copy machines that had been returned to a leasing company.

At the center of the agreement was a breach reported by Affinity to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights on April 15, 2010. Affinity discovered the breach after it was informed by a representative of CBS Evening News that, as part of an investigatory story, CBS had purchased four copy machines from a company that had leased them to four different organizations, including Affinity.

BiON Smartfile would be able to tell you if anyone was accessing these or any other of your files, dramatically reducing your liability.

$1.2 Million Penalty in Copier Breach – DataBreachToday.

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