Call center worker on leave for health data breach

(WTNH/ Josh Scheinblum)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s health insurance exchange says the owner of a backpack found on a Hartford street containing Social Security numbers and other data works for a call center vendor and has been placed on administrative leave.

Access Health said Sunday the unidentified employee of Maximus, the call center, stepped forward after hearing about the backpack on local news Friday evening.

The backpack contained four paper notepads with hand-written names, fewer than 200 Social Security numbers and dates of birth for about 400 individuals.

The health exchange says it does not appear there was malfeasance by the employee.

Access Health says rules prohibit the information to be taken from the call center and will meet with Maximus to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Representatives of Maximus did not immediately reply to an email on Sunday seeking comment.

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