Poorly Designed Health Insurance Scheme leaves Clientele Vulnerable

2019, Breaches, February

Who: MySalam Health Insurance Scheme

# of Accounts that could be breached: 3.69 million

When it happened: January 24, 2019

What happened: Design flaw of Scheme May Expose clientele

How it happened: The government-run health insurance scheme for the bottom 40 percent​ of workers raises the concern of data breach by Singaporean insurance company Great Eastern Takaful Berhad.

Outcome: Its information chief Nasrul Ali Hasan Abdul Latif said the Finance Ministry has allowed Great Eastern Takaful to have access to 3.69 million data from the B40 groups, which consist of personal details, home and work address, dependents, monthly income, and frequency of utilizing the scheme as well as health details. This scheme opens up space to openly invade the data of each individual by a foreign company, which may lead to abuse. This raises the question of data privacy.

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