Indiana’s Attorney General finalized a settlement with Dr. Joseph Beck. Earlier 60 boxes of Beck’s patient records were found in a dumpster. Beck agreed to pay a $12,000 penalty in a consent agreement with the state. Dr. Joseph Beck works as a dentist who was accused of mishandling 5,600 patients’ medical records.
“In an era when online data breaches are top of mind, we may forget that hard-copy paper files, especially in a medical context, can contain highly sensitive information that is ripe for identity theft or other crimes,” Attorney General Greg Zoeller told. “This file dump was an egregious violation of patient privacy and safety.”
There are series of charges against beck which includes fraudulent billing and negligence. The affected information includes Patient names, medical records, phone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, insurance cards, insurance information and state ID numbers. The incident happened when Beck hired the third-party company.
“The amount of sensitive, personal data that is stored online is growing every day, and the risks are obvious as more people are impacted by massive corporate data breaches or individual identity theft that can imperil a consumer’s good name and credit rating,” Zoeller said, according to the Indiana Attorney General website. “Our existing laws are proving inadequate to address this global crime, and we must sharpen our legal tools and take action to keep Indiana on the forefront of protecting consumers.”
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