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MNsure conducting review in the wake of data release

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The MNsure board wanted answers to privacy questions, a week after a private information breach involving the state's not yet online healthcare exchange.

An employee mistakenly sent an e-mail containing the names and Social Security numbers of 2,400 insurance brokers.

The Star Tribune reports that MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov drew a distinction between the e-mail and the website that consumers will use to access the exchange. The article quotes Todd-Malmlov as saying, "The data incident was in no way related to MNsure's IT system."

Todd-Malmlov told board members the employee had been trained in security measures along with all MNsure staff, but that the employee violated policy by not encrypting the information kept on a desktop computer.

KMSP TV reports that Todd-Malmlov says the agency employee no longer works for the health care exchange.

MNsure says they are conducting a "workstation-by-workstation review" of privacy measures following the data release.

Many politicians have weighed in on the MNsure data release, including Governor Mark Dayton, legislative auditor James Nobles, and U.S. Reps John Kline and Erik Paulsen.

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