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Claim-related data have the same security and privacy requirements as any other personal information. The need to protect this data is only becoming greater, and not necessarily due to specific Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act implications.

Many states are passing even more wide-ranging privacy and disclosure laws than HIPAA or GLBA. Practically every day, we hear about theft or loss of personal information from financial institutions, schools, government, and consumer data services, such as Choicepoint. These targets share something with insurers: they collect a great deal of information about people in a single place.

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