Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson today filed a lawsuit against an Indiana-based company for failing to protect the health and personal data of over 8,000 Minnesota patients. Swanson says that in 2015, hackers stole protected health information from Medical Informatics Engineering, Incorporated or MIE. She says “because [MIE] didn’t protect the data, the data on patients was hacked, and it was everything from people’s birth dates and social security numbers, which are things that can lead to identity theft to very personal information like their medical conditions, test results.” And Swanson says the company “was too slow to notify the public, under various state laws, including in Minnesota, companies are supposed to promptly almost immediately notify people when their information is hacked, but this company took a full six months to complete the notification process.” The lawsuit alleges that MIE failed to implement basic industry-accepted data security measures to protect its computer systems from hackers. So far, MIE has not commented on the suit. Here’s more with A-G Swanson about the suit.