A federal district judge has dismissed much of a class action lawsuit filed against the Department of Defense, its TRICARE health insurance program and vendor Science Applications International Corp. following a massive data breach in 2011 that affected 4.7 million individuals including military members and their families.
A thief broke into an SAIC employees car in September 2011, taking a GPS system, stereo and several data backup tapes. Protected health information on the tapes included names, addresses, phone numbers, medical information such as clinical notes and lab tests, and Social Security numbers, but no credit/debit or bank account data. The tapes contained data on patients treated in San Antonio, Tex., facilities between 1992 and Sept. 7, 2011. TRICARE in notifying patients did not initially offer protected services, but after further investigation, SAIC offered affected individuals one year of paid credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.
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