Pregnancy apps raise fresh privacy concerns

April Dembosky reports: The computer engineers at BabyCenter are often among the first people women tell they are pregnant. Mothers-to-be go to babycenter.com or sign up for the site’s mobile app to get advice long before they clear the first trimester and begin sharing their news with friends. Sometimes even before telling the baby’s...

Identity theft fears as a faulty laptop is resold on eBay

Another reminder of how much personal info winds up for sale on eBay – in this case, a defective laptop returned to the merchant who returned it to the manufacturer… A London film maker has found that a faulty Acer laptop he returned to Sainsbury’s was sold via eBay to an American buyer –...

Vendini’s insurer says they’re not liable

Law360.com reports that  St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company wants a court to rule it’s not responsible for $7 million in liability coverage in a class action lawsuit brought against online ticket broker Vendini. Subscription required to read the article. Coverage of the Vendini hack can be found in these posts.

Receptionist at Institute of Allied Medical Professionals charged with stealing, misusing students’ personal info

John Nickerson reports that Bianca Torres of Bridgeport has been charged with stealing personal information of students at at the Institute of Allied Medical Professionals. Torres was employed  as a receptionist at the institute for six weeks. Police began investigating after one of the victims did her own investigating and tracked some fraudulent charges on her...

CDPH reports breach involving paper records

Among their duties, the California Department of Health (CDPH) investigates breaches. In this case, they had one of their own to report. In a letter dated September 26, they write:  We are writing to you because the California Department of Public Health, Center for Family Health, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program experienced a...

Details emerge on Holy Cross Hospital breach

Last week, we noted that Holy Cross Hospital in Florida was notifying 9,900 patients that an employee had stolen their information – possibly for a tax refund fraud scheme. A letter to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office provides some additional details on the breach that makes the tax refund fraud scheme more probable, and not...

Piles of private documents found dumped in public bins

Robert Maxwell reports: Thousands of private financial documents were discovered sitting in a wide open community recycling dumpster on Thursday. KXAN received a ReportIt tip late Thursday morning that the dumpster was full of personal documents from a local home builder. We discovered home loans, copies of personal checks, purchase orders and site plans all on...