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News related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act


Cyber Blackmail – Should You Pay?

Have you ever received an email from someone claiming to have hacked your computer and obtained proof of you in an embarrassing situation or engaging in inappropriate behavior? Does the sender threaten to expose your dirty secrets to your contacts unless you pay them off in bitcoin? Do they use your own name and email address (more…)


IoT and Me

The “Internet of Things”, or IoT, is a phrase used to define the universe of internet-connected objects that have the capability to interact with the physical world and exchange data over a network. The use of networked devices to exert control over a physical environment has been around for quite some time in the industrial world; electrical grids are just one example. However, (more…)


HHS Declares Public Health Emergencies in Advance of Hurricane Florence

In preparation for Hurricane Florence, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex M. Azar, has declared public health emergencies in both North Carolina and South Carolina. These emergency declarations will provide greater flexibility for HHS to address the health care needs of people who will be impacted by the impending storm. (more…)


The Legal Wrangling over Aetna’s HIV Data Breach Continues

In January, Aetna settled two suits stemming from a high-profile breach of HIV data. Aetna’s breach of Super Protected Data which occurred when the insurer sent letters to roughly 12,000 members that exposed their HIV status. The letters were processed and mailed by KCC, a company Aetna had contracted with to notify the same consumers about the settlement of two class action lawsuits (more…)


Cyber Safety when Traveling

Knowing how to stay safe online shouldn’t be restricted to your home or office. You should practice good cyber hygiene while traveling, too. This will keep your mobile devices safe, and it will help ensure you don’t bring any unwanted malware or viruses back into your home or work environment. Here are a few simple tips you can follow to stay safe when traveling. (more…)


Through an Open Window: Aetna’s Super Protected Data Breach and its Aftermath

Most HIPAA breaches making headlines these days are the result of ransomware or cyberattacks. But, Aetna has been embroiled in controversy recently due to a HIPAA breach involving snail mail. The breach touches on several issues, including the type of data breached, the way that data was breached, and the multiple organizations and various ways in which the data may have been mishandled along the way. (more…)


Data Privacy Day 2018

This Sunday, January 28th, is Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is an internationally recognized day dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.

Check out the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit organization working with government, businesses and academic institutions to help everyone stay safe online. The NCSA is the official US leader of the STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ global safety campaign. The goal of the campaign is to provide simple, actionable advice you can follow and use to educate others about data privacy at home, work and in the community.