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Nationwide Mutual Insurance to pay state $80,000 following settlement over data breach

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky’s General Fund will receive $80,000 from a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company, concerning an October 2012 data breach.

The data breach was allegedly caused by the failure to apply a critical security patch. It resulted in the loss of personal information belonging to 1.27 million consumers.

Beshear said the company collected the personal data to provide insurance quotes to consumers applying for insurance.

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Beshear said the settlement requires Nationwide to take a number of steps to both generally update its security practices and to ensure the timely application of patches and other updates to its security software.

The settlement involved 33 attorneys general. Neighboring states participating in the settlement include Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee.

A total of 720 Kentuckians were affected by the data breach and received letters from the company. There is currently a private consumer protection class action lawsuit.

The state Attorney General’s office also announced it was partnering with the Prosecutors Advisory Council (PAC) and local law enforcement officials statewide to crackdown on impaired driving during the heavily-traveled upcoming Labor Day holiday.

The Attorney General’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, part of PAC, is working with Beshear to highlight the upcoming national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, Aug. 16 to Sept. 4.

“Law enforcement visibility will be elevated and citations will be issued at a much larger rate during this crackdown period,” Beshear said. “PAC has notified all our state prosecutors to expect a greater amount of cases on their upcoming traffic dockets because of the crackdown.”

There were more than 4,200 collisions involving alcohol in Kentucky last year, resulting in more than 1,900 injuries and 119 fatalities, Beshear said.

During the 2016 Labor Day holiday weekend, there were more than 60 collisions involving alcohol, resulting in 30 injuries and two fatalities, he said.

The nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb impaired driving.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is working with the AG’s office and local prosecutors on awareness efforts.

“MADD KY will continue to support the statewide campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Rosalind Donald, MADD KY victim services specialist. “The increased patrols and efforts of our local heroes in law enforcement will keep our Kentucky roadways safe from the increase of impaired driving over the Labor Day weekend. Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable. MADD KY urges all Kentuckians to celebrate the last weeks of summer safely and with responsibility.”

“I lost my daughter Ashley on April 29, 2012, to a drunk, drugged driver,” said Theresa Martinez, a MADD volunteer and a member of the AG’s Survivors Council. “I fully support the efforts of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. I thank law enforcement and state officials for their hard work to prevent a senseless tragedy that my family has suffered and from happening to other families. I encourage everyone to make the right choice to not drink and drive.”

For more information, visit the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov.

From Attorney General’s Office

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