Beshear Reaches Data Breach Settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

On Wednesday, August 9, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky’s General Fund will receive $80,000 from a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company, concerning an October 2012 data breach. The breach was allegedly caused by the failure to apply a critical security patch, resulting in the loss of personal information belonging to 1.27 million customers. Beshear said the company collected the personal data to provide insurance quotes to consumers applying for insurance. The settlement requires Nationwide to update security practices and ensure the timely application of patches and other updates to its security software. A total of 720 Kentuckians were affected by the data breach and received letters from the company.

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