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HealthNet Data Breach Affects 1.5 Mil Customers
« on: November 19, 2009, 03:47:39 PM »

Health Net Inc. announced Wednesday that it is investigating a healthcare data security breach that resulted in the loss of patient data, affecting 1.5 million customers.

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Re: HealthNet Data Breach Affects 1.5 Mil Customers
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2009, 03:52:09 PM »
And Google wants to store health records?

Can anyone spell lawsuit?

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Re: HealthNet Data Breach Affects 1.5 Mil Customers
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2009, 07:20:00 PM »
I believe Health Net is one of the private options for Medicare beneficiaries. That means a lot of social security numbers in those files, with all the other information necessary for identity theft.

There is no way someone can be expected to "safeguard" their own information when there are so many entities they must share it with. Social security numbers were created for social security payroll deductions, and you have to share it with every employer you work for.  Many of those employers are small businesses that could easily be burglarized or have their information sold by a dishonest employee. You have no control over that. The credit card companies and banks that give out credit with no identification other than a social security number are as much a part of the problem. Why should it lower my credit score to have a fraud alert on my credit bureau data, and why should I pay higher prices in department stores if I'm not willing to apply for an instant credit card?

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Re: HealthNet Data Breach Affects 1.5 Mil Customers
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2009, 07:30:40 PM »
In this day and age, at least in the developed countries in the world, the current forms of ID are extremely outdated, and the fact that you have to give all these numbers to employers, Dr's, whoever does your taxes, anyone you write a check to, and almost to the paper boy is outrageous. I have almost all of my medical records with the VA. How scared do you think I am about my info getting loose, or the government using it for something that I don't approve of.

With all that is going on with technology now, it is absolutely amazing that we all have not had our identities stolen. And the government refuses to do anything about it.

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Re: HealthNet Data Breach Affects 1.5 Mil Customers
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2009, 07:51:38 PM »
The thing is, we're supposed to give social security numbers to employers. That's what they're for. When they were created, congress very specifically did not want them used as a national identification number. But financial institutions and everybody else has been allowed to use them that way.

Ok, fine, but don't act like the fact that someone knows my social security number in any way means they have identified themselves as me. How did that idea get started, anyway? There's no rational basis for it.

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Re: HealthNet Data Breach Affects 1.5 Mil Customers
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2009, 08:37:00 PM »
Bezactly!

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