Stolen laptops lead to important HIPAA settlements

Two entities have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  These major enforcement actions underscore the significant risk to the security …Read more

No clear process for notification of data breach after Target fiasco!

Source: API WASHINGTON—The data breach at Target Corp. that exposed millions of credit card numbers has focused attention on the patchwork of state consumer notification laws and renewed a push for a single national standard. Most states have laws that require retailers to disclose data breaches, but …Read more

North Carolina HHS May Have Accidentally Tossed Digital Data Records

Asheville Citizen-Times –Asheville, North Carolina Disks containing personal information belonging to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services may have accidentally been taken to a local landfill, rather than properly destroyed. The Department has alerted the state Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Consumer …Read more

Take Home Work Used To Commit Fraud and Identity Theft

A human resources department employee takes home employee data that is then stolen by her boyfriend. A Peabody, MA man will spend seven years in federal prison for leading an identity fraud ring that cost retailers nearly $400,000, federal prosecutors said. William Dodge, 46, will have to …Read more

FTC Reiterates its Support for Data Security Legislation

The Federal Trade Commission testified before Congress today on the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote data security, and reiterated its support for enactment of a strong federal data security and breach notification law. Testifying on behalf of the Commission before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FTC Chairwoman Edith …Read more

STATE EMPLOYEE SENTENCED FOR PROVIDING NAMES IN IDENTITY THEFT SCHEME

WASHINGTON – Lea’Tice Phillips, of Montgomery County, Ala., was sentenced to serve 94 months of incarceration today, announced Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama George L. Beck Jr. Phillips was also ordered to …Read more

Shredding Companies Settle Lawsuit for Defrauding the United States Government

Iron Mountain and Shred-It have agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the companies defrauded the United States government for document shredding services. A third defendant, Cintas Corporation is continuing to contest the allegations. This constitutes the three largest providers of shredding in …Read more

$50,000 Fine For a Greensboro business accused of illegally dumping

Here’s another egregious example of a health care provider being nothing less than reckless with patient data.Last August a Greensboro, NC resident was looking for cans when he found boxes and boxes of unshredded patient data stuffed in a dumpster. The files belonged to a local urgent …Read more

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