The HHS Office for Civil Rights has fined health insurer WellPoint Inc. $1.7 million to resolve allegations of violations of the HIPAA privacy and security rules following a massive breach of protected health information between October 23, 2009 and March 7, 2010.

During that period, protected information was viewable on a Web site used to apply for individual health policies. The breach followed an upgrade to the site done by a business associate. Information that could be viewed included name, date of birth, address, Social Security number, telephone number, email address, and health and financial information.

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