He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

The National Health Service has been working with Inrupt on a pilot project for the care of dementia patients that moves from development into the field this month.

Ransomware Gang Collects Data from Blood Testing Lab

Ransomware Gang Collects Data from Blood Testing Lab

Apex Laboratory, which provides blood work at home for patients in New York City, Long Island and South Florida, has been hit with a ransomware attack that also resulted in patient data being stolen.

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

The aggressive offensive by a Russian-speaking criminal gang coincides with the U.S. presidential election, though there was no immediate indication it was motivated by anything but profit.“We are experiencing the most significant cyber security threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, said in a statement.

How I’ve Convinced People Around Me to Care About Privacy

How I’ve Convinced People Around Me to Care About Privacy

That’s an argument for another day that I’m currently working on, but the point is that while I made these opinions known to my brother I was always quick to follow it up with “I love you, you do what you want, these are just my views.” Same thing with my partner.

Verily, Google’s health-focused sister company, is getting into insurance

Verily, Google’s health-focused sister company, is getting into insurance

Once they hit the predetermined point of money they pay for their employees’ health, the stop-loss insurance company pays the rest.For example, Coefficient claims its “analytics-based underwriting engine” will help employers better understand risk that they’re taking on.

The FBI monitoring your browsing history without a warrant might just be the beginning

The FBI monitoring your browsing history without a warrant might just be the beginning

Although it was arguably created with good intentions, some believe this is just the beginning of governments around the world using the coronavirus pandemic to usher in new surveillance measures.

Lawmakers warn coronavirus contact-tracing is ripe for abusive surveillance

Lawmakers warn coronavirus contact-tracing is ripe for abusive surveillance

The technology, which Google and Apple plan to launch in mid-May, enables people to have their phone track the Bluetooth signals emitted by the phones of every other person with whom they come in close contact.

Houseparty’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Analyzed

Houseparty’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Analyzed

Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, location, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, the Users with whom you video chat, access date and time spent on features of the Services and other statistics and Cookie information… [emphasis added].Why you should care: While you’re using Houseparty’s app, you’re being surveilled and analyzed.

Woman Sues TSA for Inserting Fingers Inside of Her During “Search”

Woman Sues TSA for Inserting Fingers Inside of Her During “Search”

While typically body scanner alarms are resolved with a quick and limited (yet still often invasive) pat-down right next to the machine, the screener directed Michele to a “private room.” Screening in a private room is supposed to be an option offered to passengers who feel more comfortable (an option I advise all travelers against taking at all costs), but for Michele it was mandatory.

Hacker group targeted law firms, released veterans’ stolen data related to PTSD claims

Hacker group targeted law firms, released veterans’ stolen data related to PTSD claims

Hackers have gained access to sensitive data from at least five law firms in the past four months, releasing stolen data that includes pain diary entries from veterans’ personal injury cases, Emsisoft, a cybersecurity and anti-malware company, told Military Times.

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

A government watchdog tells The Associated Press it will launch a nationwide audit that may shed light on how seniors’ personal Medicare information is getting to telemarketers, raising concerns about fraud and waste.

Your Poorly Secured Medical Credit Score Could Deny You Care

Your Poorly Secured Medical Credit Score Could Deny You Care

They're actually pretty excited about it:I spoke with Ashley Reede, an information systems and privacy consultant, who worked with a private hospital in California as they were onboarding Experian's 'Financial Clearance' system.

#Privacy: Pharmacy fined £275K for GDPR violation

#Privacy: Pharmacy fined £275K for GDPR violation

“Regardless of the exact number of care homes involved, given the volume of documentation and size of Doorstep Dispensaree’s business, it appears likely that hundreds and possibly even thousands of data subjects have been affected,” read the notice.

September 2019 Healthcare Data Breach Report

September 2019 Healthcare Data Breach Report

There were 36 healthcare data breaches involving over 500 records reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights in September.

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

Call centre workers who check how helpful our voice assistants are say they hear private conversations and couples having sex.Call-centre workers for companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google are hired to check recordings made by voice assistants including Alexa and Siri for accuracy and helpfulness.

Apple is offering free genetic tests to all its Silicon Valley employees

Apple is offering free genetic tests to all its Silicon Valley employees

Apple, which recently set up dedicated health clinics known as "AC Wellness" for employees and their dependents near its headquarters, has been working with Color for several months, according to several people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

ThreatList: Healthcare Breaches Spike in October

ThreatList: Healthcare Breaches Spike in October

There was also a breach at Texas Health Resources thanks to a mailing error, which involved a total of 82,577 records.In all, October saw healthcare organizations and business associates in 24 states report data breaches (Texas’ 15 accounting for most of them).

Data breach compromises about 220,000 Medicare card numbers

Data breach compromises about 220,000 Medicare card numbers

They're checking all billing for services to find any fraudulent use, and if they suspect any, the affected Medicare card number will be shut down and a new Medicare number will be issued to the affected person.

Whose Data Is It, Anyway?

Whose Data Is It, Anyway?

HIPAA does govern several aspects of patient data privacy, but one of these provisions allows “covered entities” (such as a hospital or medical office subject to the law) to share data to Business Associates — which are companies that may help the covered entity carry out its health care functions.

It's privacy vs innovation as Google collects data on 50M medical patients

It's privacy vs innovation as Google collects data on 50M medical patients

The companies say it will improve patient care and administration, but the strategy has also sparked concern among certain consumer advocates, cybersecurity experts and reportedly some Ascension employees — especially because neither patients nor doctors had been previously been notified of this data-sharing arrangement.

Google reveals ‘Project Nightingale’ after being accused of secretly gathering personal health records

Google reveals ‘Project Nightingale’ after being accused of secretly gathering personal health records

The Wall Street Journal’s Rob Copeland wrote that the data amassed in the program includes “lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, complete with patient names and dates of birth,” and that as many as 150 Google employees may have had access to the data.

Google reportedly collecting health data, including lab results, on millions of Americans

Google reportedly collecting health data, including lab results, on millions of Americans

In this case, the WSJ reports, Ascension is the "covered entity" as a health care provider and Google is the "business associate."Notably, the press release says nothing about concerns regarding data privacy and questions of the legality of sharing such personal data without patient knowledge.

UK Plans to Give All Children Full Genome Sequence at Birth

UK Plans to Give All Children Full Genome Sequence at Birth

Health Secretary Matt Hancock sees the future ubiquity of genetic sequencing as a way to offer “predictive, personalized” care for children who have rare diseases and other genetic conditions, according to The Telegraph.

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

The former NSA systems engineer said to better protect people from being exploited by the data collection of major tech companies, the US should have software liability laws.

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.

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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.