Apr 232014
 

Dozens of old city records containing private information about local military veterans were strewn about a Quincy Center neighborhood Tuesday, blowing around in the wind and available for anyone to pick up and view. The records, some of which contained personal information for Quincy military veterans, such as Social Security numbers, bank account data, healthcare [...]

Apr 232014
 

Jim Finkle reports: The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans’ personal medical records and health insurance data. Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to [...]

Apr 232014
 

Daniela Altimari reports: Pharmacies offer a slew of perks to customers who enroll in prescription-drug rewards programs. But in exchange for all those discounts and goodies, consumers are sometimes required to sign away their right to medical privacy guaranteed under federal law. State lawmakers want to ensure that participants in rewards programs know that. “Some [...]

Apr 222014
 

Today’s human error example comes from Willis North America, who reports that an employee accidentally attached a spreadsheet with employee information to an email reminding employees about earning wellness credits for the firm’s Medical Expense Benefits health plan. You can read more in their April 17th notification to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.