MNsure data breach raises concerns about client data security

An accidental email sent by a MNsure employee contained Social Security numbers and other identifying information for more than 2,400 insurance agents, reports the Star Tribune:

An official at MNsure, the state's new online health insurance exchange, acknowledged it had mishandled private data. A MNsure security manager called the broker, Jim Koester, and walked him and his assistant through a process of deleting the file from their computer hard drives.

Koester said he willingly complied, but was unnerved.

"The more I thought about it, the more troubled I was," he said. "What if this had fallen into the wrong hands? It's scary. If this is happening now, how can clients of MNsure be confident their data is safe?"

On The Daily Circuit, we look at data privacy in the Minnesota Health Exchange.