Yet another hospital has lost patient information, violating HIPAA and HITECH regulations, and setting themselves up for a world of hurt.
This time, it's the Regional Medical Center in Memphis who somehow managed to send out unencrypted email messages containing names, phone numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, and even outpatient status information for almost 1,200 patients. According to Government Health IT, the breaches occurred in late 2012, but "the incident wasn't discovered" until March.
The Department of Justice secretly obtained phone records for reporters and editors who work for the Associated Press news agency, including records for the home phones and cell phones of individual journalists, according to the AP, in what the agency characterized as “serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.”
Law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition software as a crime-fighting tool. Now businesses are looking to use the technology to reach customers. But a professor questions whether customers are ready for it.
Many states are using the technology to scan driver's licenses to prevent identity fraud. It led to the arrest of a suspected arsonist in New York. And while facial recognition technology could not identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, police used the software in their search.
Last week, the press focused on Katherine Russell, the widow of Boston bombing suspect Tamarlan Tsarnaev, as officials have been trying to determine what she knew about the bombing.
After investigators found "al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine and other radical Islamist material on her computer," they focused on phone calls between Russell and her husband to determine if she participated in the plot.
A survey of business and government agencies has found that many are largely unaware of upcoming changes to the Australian Privacy Act under which large fines may be imposed if consumer data is not adequately protected.
The April survey, commissioned by internet security company McAfee, found that 59 percent of employees responsible for managing the personal information of customers were unaware or unsure of the changes.