Personal Data from Thousands of Pension Plan Accounts Breached…Third-Party Service Provider Blamed

Joseph J. Lazzarotti of JacksonLewis writes:

One of the last things pension plan participants would want to learn as they get ready to celebrate the Christmas holiday is that personal data from their pension accounts may have been compromised. This is the case, unfortunately, for approximately 30,000 Now:Pensions customers whose names, postal and email addresses, birth dates and the equivalent of Social Security numbers were hacked and posted on line. According to reports, the UK company, which helps to administer millions of workplace pensions, attributed the incident to a third-party service provider.

Third-party service provider or business associate breaches are nothing new, of course.  But as Lazzarotti points out:

When it comes to ERISA employee benefit plans, hiring a service provider is in and of itself a fiduciary function. When considering a plan service provider’s level of cybersecurity, there are a number of steps plan sponsors and administrators can take to prudently assess the data privacy and security capabilities of potential plan service providers.

Read his tips on The National Law Review.

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