VA shares electronic health records

VA shares electronic health records

If you plan on receiving care in the U.S. from VA and/or a participating community care provider, then you need to opt out by submitting VA Form 10-10164 if you do not want to share your health information.

That Pill Is Watching You - Privacy And Hackability Of Ingestible Electronic Sensors

That Pill Is Watching You - Privacy And Hackability Of Ingestible Electronic Sensors

A recent commentary in Nature Electronics by Sara Gerke and collaborators urge the community to look at these ethical and legal issues associated with IESs. An ingestible electronic sensor can be as small - and as easy to swallow - as a pill.

Spanish Supreme Court deems electric-use info to be personal data

Spanish Supreme Court deems electric-use info to be personal data

The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court ruled information gathered via an individual's use of electricity constitutes personal data, Confidencial Judicial reports.Related Stories.FTC reaches $30M settlement with company over deceptive use of lead generators.

Physician’s personal email hacked; medical records of 7,000 patients potentially compromised

Physician’s personal email hacked; medical records of 7,000 patients potentially compromised

According to the report, a physician working at Calgary’s Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre said that his personal Gmail account, which he used to transmit health information, has been hacked.“This breach is unacceptable and should never have occurred and we are certainly apologizing to our patients whose privacy may have been breached,” said Dr. Ted Braun, AHS vice president and medical director for central and southern Alberta.

Social Media

Social Media

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Amberwood Care Centre hit with class action over timeclocks requiring workers to scan fingerprints

Amberwood Care Centre hit with class action over timeclocks requiring workers to scan fingerprints

Toyya Young, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a class action complaint June 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against Damen Healthcare Group LLC and AMBD Property LLC, doing business as Amberwood Care Centre LLC, alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. According to the complaint, Young was employed by the defendant and during the course of her employment she was required to clock in and clock out using her fingerprint.

Safe shopping: Amazon Prime Day

Safe shopping: Amazon Prime Day

Due to this many security problems arise, for example selling fake products, creating fake reviews, even getting customers sensitive data when they buy. It makes sense that reviews might give you a push which product to buy, but Amazon review system makes it easy to fake the reviews so be careful.

Ron Paul Warns: Medical IDs Are The Enemy Of Privacy, Liberty, & Health

Ron Paul Warns: Medical IDs Are The Enemy Of Privacy, Liberty, & Health

A unique patient identifier would allow federal bureaucrats and government-favored special interests to access health information simply by entering an individual’s unique patient ID into a database.

Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

“There’s little doubt that new technologies will play a part in delivering care in future, and the results from this study confirm that most people support the use of anonymised patient data for medical research purposes,” said Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association.

Comcast is reportedly developing a device that would track your bathroom habits

Comcast is reportedly developing a device that would track your bathroom habits

It’s said that Comcast aims to offer the device and a companion health tracking service to “at-risk people, including seniors and people with disabilities.” The company is also in discussions with hospitals about potentially “using the device to ensure that patients don’t end up back in the hospital after they’ve been discharged.” Your ISP, doctors, and insurers all having a direct, unfettered view into your day-to-day vitals?

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.

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.

Facebook Succeeded In Killing Cybersecurity Like It Did Privacy

Facebook Succeeded In Killing Cybersecurity Like It Did Privacy

As Facebook teaches society across the world to no longer care about cybersecurity, the world’s companies will recognize that their costly investments in securing their user data may no longer be necessary.

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.

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.

Why do they think they have rights to your data

Why do they think they have rights to your data

And you don’t care?’ Today, every digital service you use (like application or mobile app) and every smart piece of hardware you buy (smart TV, your mobile phone or that fancy gym gadget…), is almost surely watching you.

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.

Stop saying, “We take your privacy and security seriously”

Stop saying, “We take your privacy and security seriously”

The truth is, most companies don’t care about the privacy or security of your data.

Carriers selling your location to bounty hunters: It was worse than we thought

Carriers selling your location to bounty hunters: It was worse than we thought

I’m going to go out on a limb and say real-time location data probably shouldn’t be outsourced That’s presumably in addition to the data these carriers shared with Zumigo and Microbilt, the second-hand and third-hand data brokers we learned about last month.

Hundreds of Bounty Hunters Had Access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint Customer Location Data for Years

Hundreds of Bounty Hunters Had Access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint Customer Location Data for Years

Around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data, with one bail bond firm using the phone location service more than 18,000 times, and others using it thousands or tens of thousands of times, according to internal documents obtained by Motherboard from a company called CerCareOne, a now-defunct location data seller that operated until 2017.

So You Want to Take Back Your Privacy

So You Want to Take Back Your Privacy

For those who aren’t: a few years ago I got serious about my privacy and while moving away from proprietary software and services, I started moving towards using FOSS ones (VPNs being a large and trouble-infested corner of this realm).

How your health information is sold and turned into ‘risk scores’

How your health information is sold and turned into ‘risk scores’

Story Continued Below Over the past year, powerful companies such as LexisNexis have begun hoovering up the data from insurance claims, digital health records, housing records, and even information about a patient’s friends, family and roommates, without telling the patient they are accessing the information, and creating risk scores for health care providers and insurers.

Opt out of My Health Record

Opt out of My Health Record

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Facebook has 5 ‘core values.’ Guess where ‘protect users’ ranks

Facebook has 5 ‘core values.’ Guess where ‘protect users’ ranks

The disappointing details, reported by The New York Times, call to mind the sage observation of poet Maya Angelou: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” In every company there is some gap between professed core values and the lived values that actually guide decisions and actions.

NYCLU sues ICE over changes to immigrant risk assessment algorithm

NYCLU sues ICE over changes to immigrant risk assessment algorithm

The tool provides an algorithm-based recommendation on whether an immigrant should be detained in jail until they can see a judge — or whether they can instead be released on bond in the interim.