Swedish insurer leaks data of 1 m customers to tech giants
Wednesday, 11 04 2020, Category: Technology, Country: Europe
Sweden's largest insurer, Folksam, accidentally leaked private data on about 1 million of its customers to a handful of the world's largest technology companies, it said on Tuesday.
Folksam, which insures 50 percent of Swedish homes and individuals, shared the data with tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and LinkedIn.
"We take what has happened seriously. We have immediately stopped sharing this personal information and requested that it be deleted," Folksam's head of marketing, Jens Wikstrom, said in a statement.
The data included social security numbers, widely used in Sweden for everyday activities including banking, and information on who had bought pregnancy insurance, Folksam said.
European regulators have hit companies with heavy fines for data breaches in recent years as tougher privacy rules have come into force.
The breach has been reported to Sweden's data watchdog, Folksam said.