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Privacy and Security of Personal Information Collected by Employee Benefit Plans

High profile cyberattacks and data breaches have become routine occurrences. Cyber threats are so pervasive that many privacy and security experts advise that responsible parties ' like fiduciaries of employee benefit plans ' should prepare for when a data breach occurs, not if. Data collected by employee benefit plans includes sensitive information that makes them a particularly attractive target for cybercrime.

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High profile cyberattacks and data breaches have become routine occurrences. Cyber threats are so pervasive that many privacy and security experts advise that responsible parties ‘ like fiduciaries of employee benefit plans ‘ should prepare for when a data breach occurs, not if . Data collected by employee benefit plans includes sensitive information that makes them a particularly attractive target for cybercrime. While the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), sets forth requirements applicable to the security and privacy of protected health information collected by health plans, no such guidance currently exists with respect to the security and privacy of personal identifiable information (PII) collected by employee benefit plans other than health plans. However, plan sponsors and fiduciaries should be aware of, and address, security and privacy issues in connection with PII.

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