South Carolina, 40 other states settle medical debt collection company’s data breach lawsuit local news

COLUMBIA – South Carolina is one of 41 states that have reached a data breach agreement with the American Medical Collection Agency.

The personal information of 55,799 South Carolina residents was revealed during the 2019 data breach. The settlement reached Thursday will lead to privacy improvements going forward.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that the state is one of 41 states to settle with the company over the 2019 data breach that exposed the personal information of up to 21 million Americans .

The company specializes in the collection of low-balance medical debts, mainly for laboratories and medical test centers. An unauthorized user gained access to AMCA’s internal system from August 1, 2018 to March 30, 2019. The company failed to detect the intrusion, despite warnings from banks that processed its payments. The unauthorized user was able to collect a wide variety of personal information, including social security numbers, payment card information, and in some cases, names of medical tests and diagnostic codes.

The states that settled were South Carolina, Indiana, Texas, Connecticut and New York, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and joined by the attorneys general of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia. Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

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