UCLA Health Hit With Class Action Over Data Breach

Law360, New York (July 21, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT) -- UCLA Health System Auxiliary failed to provide security measures capable of preventing a recent data breach that potentially exposed 4.5 million patients’ personal medical information to hackers, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court Monday.

Plaintiff Michael Allen said the breach announced Friday was the direct result of the hospital network’s failure to take the “basic steps” necessary to safeguard patient information, and claimed that UCLA Health broke a contractual promise by allowing the hack to occur.

“Due to defendants’ failure to take the basic steps of encrypting patients’ data, it was much easier for cyber thieves...

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