Audit Blames MNSure Procedures For Data Breach

(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Legislative Auditor blames inadequate internal procedures for a data breach at the agency running the MNsure health insurance exchange, which resulted in 16-hundred insurance brokers' Social Security numbers being sent in an e-mail. But the legislative auditor says they found "no evidence of malicious intent" and the disclosure by a MNsure employee was "unintentional." MNsure officials say they've taken steps to tighten security procedures and stress that the error was in no way related to the on-line health insurance marketplace that Minnesotans access. Republicans have said the incident is another example of a system that's "not ready for prime time."