15 Jul Over 500,000 Customers Involved in Bupa Data Breach
The information of around 547,000 health insurance plan holders were carelessly copied and removed by a Bupa employee, according to a report last Thursday.
Included in the breach were names, birth dates, citizenship, as well as administrative and contact information. Medical and financial data were not affected. Concerns about the breach reached Bupa in June, which prompted the company to contact the affected insurance holders.
108,000 international insurance plans were taken, which belonged to policy holders with numbers beginning with “BI.” Customers affected by the breach were urged to watch out for signs of identity theft. For instance, email scammers might use the information to lure customers into believing the emails are legitimate.
According to Bupa Global managing director Sheldon Kenton, a careful investigation is currently being done, with the Financial Conduct Authority and other UK regulators informed about the incident.