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Nebraska getting nearly $160,000 in Nationwide Insurance data breach settlement

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Posted at 4:23 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 17:24:45-04

Nebraska will get a piece of the $5.5 million settlement Nationwide Insurance is paying out to more than 30 states following a 2012 data breach affecting customers and even some who only received quotes.

Attorney General Doug Peterson announced in a press release last week that his office, along with the attorneys general of 32 states — including Iowa — and the District of Columbia, reached the settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Co. (collectively “Nationwide”), concerning an October 2012 data breach.

Nebraska will receive $159,749.86 in the settlement.

As a result of the breach, personal information from 1.27 million consumers — including some who were only prospective customers — was exposed, according to a press release. The personal data, collected for the purposes of providing insurance quotes, included Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and credit-scoring information.

Other states included in the settlement are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.

To obtain information about how to protect yourself as a consumer, file a consumer complaint, or report a scam, please visit the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division website at protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov or call (800) 727-6432.