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Kroger advises customers of a data breach affecting pharmacy and Little Clinic

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People are lined up at the Kroger in Blue Ash, Ohio just as the doors open 7 a.m. Due to high demand and the need for re-stocking and cleanliness, the chain has reduced hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.,  Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The Kroger Co. has advised customers of its pharmacy and Little Clinic of a data security breach in which patient names and personal information was illegaly accessed.

The data breach notice was issued as a violation of federal health law known as HIPPA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996).

The breach, which Kroger was notified of on Jan. 23, did not affect grocery store data or Kroger IT data, according to a Kroger release. The company has created a website for information about the breach at https://www.kroger.com/i/accellion-incident.

The Cincinnati-based grocery chain has offered free credit monitoring to anyone affected by the data breach.

Information accessed included the following data:

  • Patient names.
  • Email addresses.
  • Phone numbers.
  • Home addresses.
  • Dates of birth.
  • Social security numbers.
  • Information used to process insurance claims.
  • Prescription information such as prescription number, prescribing doctor, medication names and dates, medical history, as well as certain clinical services, such as whether the patient was ordered a flu test.

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