[ISN] IRS, Hartford police conducting criminal investigation on Access Health data breach

http://ctmirror.org/irs-hartford-police-conducting-criminal-investigation-on-access-health-data-breach/ By Arielle Levin Becker The CT Mirror June 19, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service and Hartford police are conducting a criminal investigation of the data breach involving information on clients of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange. But an exchange official said Thursday that the cause was most likely a mistake by a call center worker. The breach occurred two weeks ago after a worker at the exchange’s call center put notepads containing callers’ names, birth dates and Social Security numbers into a backpack and left the call center. The backpack was later discovered outside a Hartford deli, where the worker had been waiting for a ride. He told officials with Maximus, the company that runs the call center, that he’d accidentally left without the bag. It was a policy violation for the worker to take personally identifiable information out of the office, said Virginia Lamb, general counsel of Access Health CT, the state’s exchange. “He did have his reasons,” she told members of the exchange’s board during a meeting Thursday. “He didn’t have at the time a place to lock up his data. He put it in his backpack.” […]