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Governor Tom Wolf called the recent data breach that impacted more than 72,000 Pennsylvanians a “bad, bad thing.” KDKA's Meghan Schiller has more.

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TOM WOLF: It should not happen. That was wrong. The company admitted it.

STACY SMITH: There is breaking news at 6: 00, Governor Wolf is calling the data breach, it impacted more than 72,000 Pennsylvanians, a bad, bad thing. He emphasized the state will not renew the contract with the same COVID-19 contact tracing vendor. Thank you for joining us at 6: 00, I'm Stacy Smith.

KYM GABLE: And I'm Kym Gable. Meghan Schiller explains why some people are saying all of this is not good enough.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: The governor emphasized today that the state broke the news to Insight Global, saying it would not renew its contract, but the people I'm talking to say that's great and all but the contract does not expire until July 31st. And new tonight, Attorney General Josh Shapiro saying its office opened investigations but won't say how many or who it's investigating. Governor Tom Wolf called for transparency Wednesday but couldn't comment on why the state's acting health secretary didn't show up to testify at Tuesday's Senate hearing on the statewide data breach.

TOM WOLF: Maybe I said too much here too. I'm not sure. I'm not sure what, I mean, I think everybody has to be sensitive to the rights of people who are going through legal issues. So I'm not a lawyer.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Pennsylvania's Department of Health hired the Atlanta based company, Insight Global, paying it nearly $29 million since last summer to administer the state's COVID-19 contact tracing program. Insight Global acknowledged it mishandled sensitive health data and apologized.

TOM WOLF: It should not happen. That was wrong. The company admitted it, understands that, I think took actions. And we've made our decision that we are going to hold them accountable.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: This recent federal lawsuit claims the Department of Health learned about the data breach as early as February but allegedly didn't notify the public until April, something Governor Wolf pushed back on.

TOM WOLF: I don't think they did have knowledge of this but the-- I mean, I've read the reports that they did but I have seen no evidence that they did.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: And when asked if he would welcome an investigation--

TOM WOLF: The attorney general, the legislature, the press, I mean, this is-- I want to be as transparent as we can. I don't think there's any disagreement that what happened is wrong, that any, anything that compromises confidential information is wrong. We do everything we can at the state level to make sure that doesn't happen and everybody we contract with should do the same thing. And when they don't do a good enough job, that's a problem.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Insight Global hired about 900 people for its contract with the state when it comes to our contact tracing. And it said it only became aware in late April of the fact that employees had used Google accounts to share private information. As for the Department of Health, I reached out again for comment but they say they cannot say anything because of that pending lawsuit. Reporting downtown tonight, Meghan Schiller, KDKA News.

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