Hospitals Failing on Security Hygiene

Hospitals Failing on Security Hygiene

Healthcare organizations (HCOs) are increasingly at risk from legacy operating systems, device complexity and the use of commonly exploited protocols, according to a new study from Forescout.

“Users want control” is a shoulder shrug

“Users want control” is a shoulder shrug

If the person wants to determine their own path, if having choice is itself a personal goal , then you need control. People don’t want to lose their data, but having personal control over your data is a great way to lose it, or even to lose control over it.

Smoking, depression apps sell your data to Google and Facebook, study finds

Smoking, depression apps sell your data to Google and Facebook, study finds

For example, Torous said, mental health apps developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs clearly say that user data isn’t transmitted elsewhere. “Certainly if you’re sharing a lot of information about your mental health, and the app is not actually helping you, why put yourself at risk?” Torous said.

The Internet Is Sick, And Blockchain May Be The Cure

The Internet Is Sick, And Blockchain May Be The Cure

The only reason state entities and tech giants can spy, shut off our Internet, and use our personal information seemingly at will is due to us being forced to trust them. Blockchain provides us with the cure the Internet needs.

An Internet for Kids

An Internet for Kids

Two thirds of 12–15 year olds who use social media or messaging sites say they send support messages, comments or posts to friends if they are having a difficult time.

23 reasons not to reveal your DNA

23 reasons not to reveal your DNA

They often also claim rights to your genetic data and sell access to their databases to big pharmaceutical and medtech companies. OK, so test results can also lead to important discoveries about your personal health, and can also be shared for non-profit biomedical research in the public interest.

Opinion | Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

Opinion | Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

If they use Facebook (or Instagram or WhatsApp), they have been prompted to upload their contacts to help find their “friends,” which many people do.

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports.

Don't Mail In That DNA Kit Until You Know These Facts

Don't Mail In That DNA Kit Until You Know These Facts

As we become more comfortable with at-home DNA testing kits and allowing companies to assess our biological makeup, the market continues to shift in a variety of ways including the types of diseases and disorders that can be tested, how accurate the tests are, and the amount of information shared – which can include selling your data to third parties.

Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say

Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say

An American doctor who conducted several medical and mental health evaluations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London over the last two years says that she believes she was spied on and that the confidentiality of her doctor-patient relationship with Assange was violated.

2018 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

2018 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

As in previous years, 100 baseline points can be earned in each of the three major assessment categories (consumer protection, site security and privacy).

Amazon’s Alexa can handle patient information now — what does that mean for privacy?

Amazon’s Alexa can handle patient information now — what does that mean for privacy?

In the case of Livongo, the company whose voice skill lets users check their blood sugar reading, Alexa is mostly a way to transmit the information.

Privacy-Preserved Data Sharing for Evidence-Based Policy Decisions: A Demonstration Project Using Human Services Administrative Records for Evidence-Building Activities

Privacy-Preserved Data Sharing for Evidence-Based Policy Decisions: A Demonstration Project Using Human Services Administrative Records for Evidence-Building Activities

Three key issues motivated the launch of a domestic secure computation demonstration project using real government-collected data: Using new privacy-preserving approaches addresses pressing needs in society.

Genetic testing firms share your DNA data more than you think

Genetic testing firms share your DNA data more than you think

Driving the news: This month FamilyTreeDNA came under fire for voluntarily giving the FBI routine access to its database of more than 1 million users' data, allowing agents to test DNA samples from crime scenes against customers' genetic information to look for family matches.

Privacy: A hole in the virtual medicine cabinet

Privacy: A hole in the virtual medicine cabinet

If you happen to have entered that information into popular prescription drug-tracking Android phone apps, some of it might be shared with data giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. During the installation process, users are required to grant app developers permission to start collecting personal information.

Data sharing practices of medicines related apps and the mobile ecosystem: traffic, content, and network analysis

Data sharing practices of medicines related apps and the mobile ecosystem: traffic, content, and network analysis

55 unique entities, owned by 46 parent companies, received or processed app user data, including developers and parent companies (first parties) and service providers (third parties). 37 (67%) provided services related to the collection and analysis of user data, including analytics or advertising, suggesting heightened privacy risks.

Researchers Create Fake Profiles on 24 Health Apps and Learn Most Are Sharing Your Data

Researchers Create Fake Profiles on 24 Health Apps and Learn Most Are Sharing Your Data

Though the company said it properly informed users about the data-sharing, the government’s health ministry has since promised an investigation into the app.

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites

These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost all EU government websites have trackers Online tools which track user behaviour for advertisers have been found on a swathe of EU public health websites, including NHS and Gov.uk pages.

EU member state websites laden with third-party cookies

EU member state websites laden with third-party cookies

A new report (PDF) reveals that the vast majority of EU member state websites are laden with third-party cookies that are not disclosed to visitors. Third-party service plugins and embeds are the main way in which trackers landed on government and public health sector websites according to the report.

A huge trove of medical records and prescriptions found exposed

A huge trove of medical records and prescriptions found exposed

According to a brief review of the data, the faxes contained a host of personally identifiable information and health information, including medical records, doctor’s notes, prescription amounts and quantities, as well as illness information, such as blood test results.

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

Data brokers then aggregate this deidentified health information and sell it to third party buyers; for example Adam Tanner of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science estimates that a large pharmaceutical company might pay between $10 million and $40 million per year for data, consulting and services from Iqvia alone.

Your Health Data Are a Gold Mine for Advertisers

Your Health Data Are a Gold Mine for Advertisers

“We kept privacy in mind as we were building our KidsMD skills.” Privacy foregrounds the conversation as providers explore voice-enabled health care and balance legal concerns with giving sound medical advice.

Federal agency looking at fitness trackers for public sector workers

Federal agency looking at fitness trackers for public sector workers

"Interactive insurance policies give consumers the opportunity to receive discounts on premiums for sharing health-related information through wearable tracking devices," says the memo.

Data breach in Michigan may have exposed personal, medical information of 600,000 people

Data breach in Michigan may have exposed personal, medical information of 600,000 people

The business that hackers targeted, Wolverine Solutions Group, a health care company that partners with health plans and hospital systems, said that it has begun notifying clients whose information was compromised by the breach.

Opinion | Zuckerberg’s So-Called Shift Toward Privacy

Opinion | Zuckerberg’s So-Called Shift Toward Privacy

Here are four pressing questions about privacy that Mr. Zuckerberg conspicuously did not address: Will Facebook stop collecting data about people’s browsing behavior, which it does extensively?

After the quantified self, the quantified employee; but what about privacy?

After the quantified self, the quantified employee; but what about privacy?

But technology has moved on in the intervening time, and there are now other ways to keep an eye on employees , as an article in the Washington Post describes: Devices worn on employees’ bodies are an increasingly valuable source of workforce health intelligence for employers and insurance companies.

Microsoft Built a Chat Bot to Match Patients to Clinical Trials

Microsoft Built a Chat Bot to Match Patients to Clinical Trials

The project is part of a larger Microsoft (msft) health care bot initiative that’s helped partners build automatic chat programs for things like triaging patients and answering questions about insurance benefits.

Should Google’s Involvement In Healthcare Worry You?

Should Google’s Involvement In Healthcare Worry You?

Though it’s still unclear whether this will give Google access to patient records (DeepMind has made deals with Britain’s National Health Service in order to help doctors monitor kidney patients), what is clear is that Google has major healthcare aspirations.

Data breach at UConn Health affects 326k patients

Data breach at UConn Health affects 326k patients

Healthcare Data Breach Hack Sensitive data accessed after employee email accounts hacked A security incident at US medical center UConn Health may have exposed the sensitive details of more than 326,000 patients.

2.7 million patient calls to Swedish healthcare hotline left unprotected online

2.7 million patient calls to Swedish healthcare hotline left unprotected online

The 170,000 hours of incredibly sensitive calls were stored on an open web server without any encryption or authentication, leaving personal information completely exposed for anyone with a web browser. Phone calls to the MEDICALL help service were stored as WAV audio files on an unsecured server.

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