Poorly Designed Health Insurance Scheme leaves Clientele Vulnerable
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.