CBS News’ chief digital officer, Mark Blyth, told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that the company’s breach of data contained information about more than 50 million subscribers, which he said was a violation of HIPAA laws.
Blyth said CBS News never intended to share that information with anyone outside of its own network.
He said CBS’ breach was the result of a software error and not an intentional breach.
He said the company is investigating the breach, which occurred sometime between Jan. 3 and Feb. 11.
“We believe we acted in good faith,” Blyst said.
“We were doing what we thought was right at the time.”CBS News said it has since notified the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the incident, which it said was due to a data leak.
CBS said it will notify affected customers within 72 hours of discovering the breach.
The company said it would refund all customers affected.
ABC News’ Dan Gartenberg contributed to this report.
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