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United States : Menendez, Booker Press for Answers after Patient Data Breach Reaches 20 Million.

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) followed up their request for additional information from New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics by launching a separate inquiry into LabCorp, after it was reported that the massive breach exposed the personal, financial and medical information of an estimated combined 20 million patients to hackers and identity thieves. Both companies use third-party biller American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA).

This isnt the first time LabCorp has come under scrutiny due to information security concerns, wrote Sens. Menendez and Booker in a letter to LabCorp Senior Vice President and Global General Counsel Sandra D. van der Vaart. In light of LabCorps history of information security challenges, the company has both the knowledge and responsibility to heighten information security standards and processes to better protect the patients it serves.

LabCorp was sued in June 2018, charging the company with a HIPAA violation for failing to provide adequate privacy protections at its Providence Hospital computer intake station. The following monthjust one month before the AMCA breach beganthe companys IT network was compromised, again leaving vulnerable the information of millions of patients.

After Quest Diagnostics reported a seven months-long breach compromised the information of 12 million patients, LabCorp reported an eight-month-long hack affected another eight million patients.

We request additional information so we may understand exactly how a breach of this level occurred and what the ultimate impact on patients will be, the letter continued.

Sen. Menendez has authored a package of consumer protection bills aimed at safeguarding Americans personal information from data breaches and holding accountable those companies who fail to do so.

Sen. Menendez has consistently led the response to massive corporate data breaches, including at Target, eBay, Home Depot, Equifax, and others. He led the call for Senate hearings into the Equifax breach, urged a top-to-bottom review of all three major credit reporting agencies, and joined a bipartisan group of 34 senators calling for investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) into stock sales and potential insider trading.

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