Following Data Breach, Senators Menendez and Booker Press Quest for Answers

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) sent a formal inquiry Thursday to New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics seeking answers from the company after it was revealed that a data breach compromised the personal, financial and medical information of an estimated 12 million patients.

“As the nation’s largest blood testing provider, this data breach places the information of millions of patients at risk,” wrote Sens. Menendez and Booker in a letter to Quest Chairman, President and CEO Stephen Rusckowski.  “The months-long leak leaves sensitive personal information vulnerable in the hands of criminal enterprises.  Moreover, such breaches force victims to contend with identity theft that may lead to irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial futures, and to confront the real possibility that their confidential medical information and history has been exposed.”

“We need to understand exactly how this breach happened and how it impacts patients.  We must also ensure that entities with access to patients’ personal, medical, and financial information understand their role in protecting patients and are taking both immediate and longer-term steps to mitigate this harm,” the letter continued.

Sen. Menendez has authored a package of consumer protection bills aimed at safeguarding Americans’ personal information from data breaches and holding accountable those companies who fail to do so.

More than 11.6 billion personal records have been exposed in data breaches since 2005. CUNA and the state leagues have been and will continue to press Capitol Hill lawmakers to establish a national data security standard that subjects all entities with access to personal financial data to the same privacy protections as financial institutions under Graham-Leach-Bliley, and holds any entity found responsible for a data breach liable for the resulting card reissuing and fraud costs.