Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) recently began notifying an undisclosed number of people that their personal information may have been exposed in a file that had been provided to a vendor working with the company.
On October 18, 2013, The Standard learned that a file containing names, addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers was "inadvertently disclosed" on the vendor's system between October 7 and October 18, 2013.
"Another insurance policyholder realized the information was accessible to them and contacted The Standard," the company stated in the notification letter [PDF]. "We have confirmed that they are the only individuals who accessed the file. The information was removed immediately upon our discovery, and at this time, there is no evidence to suggest that there has been, or will be, any attempt to misuse any of the information."
All those affected are being offered one free year of identity theft protection services from ID Experts.