The military’s health-care programme TRICARE recently confirmed that Science Applications International Corp. is bound to make payment for the cost associated with notifying 4.9 million beneficiaries.
These beneficiaries are those whose personal information has been stolen in September that was stored in backup computer tapes.
The data which was available in these tapes were related to health and other data such as social security number, addresses and phone numbers. Thus, this act of data theft might lead to identity theft and fraud.
The unfortunate event happened last month when the data was stolen from the car of a SAIC employee in San Antonio.
Disclosing the information and voicing his concern Austin Camacho, a Spokesman for Management Activity, e-mailed a statement to Nextgov stating that SAIC is “contractually bound to mitigate the harmful effects of such disclosure. SAIC has already started these mitigation effects, including individual notification of those impacted.”
Further, he said that these steps by SAIC to mitigate the damage is relieving TRICARE from the burden of handling the notifications, saving them the cost.
SAIC through its spokesman Vernon Guidry made it clear that company would operate through call centres and mail out notifications regarding the theft without any cost of the government.