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Northwestern Medicine Hit With Proposed Data Breach Class Action (1)

Oct. 14, 2021, 3:49 PMUpdated: Oct. 14, 2021, 6:04 PM

Northwestern Medicine and one of its vendors were hit with a proposed class action accusing the duo of failing to guard sensitive patient data from a breach.

Northwestern Medicine acted negligently, and Swedish radiation therapy equipment company Elekta Inc. violated the Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act by lacking adequate security measures, plaintiff Darryl Bowsky alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Elekta suffered a ransomware attack in April 2021 that targeted its cloud-based systems hosting oncology and radiology data, according to the lawsuit. The stolen information included names, Social Security ...