Dissent

Jun 182018
 

Rebecca Hill reports:

The British Home Office’s bid to reduce the number of potential claimants from a 2013 data breach that exposed the personal details of thousands of asylum seekers has been knocked back by the Court of Appeal.

Rather than simply publishing overall statistics on the family returns process – the system by which children who have no legal right to remain in the UK are returned to their country of origin – the Home Office uploaded a spreadsheet that also contained the information that the stats were based on.

This included the names of 1,598 lead applicants for asylum or leave to remain, along with other details including their age, nationality, the stage they had reached in the process and the office that dealt with their case – which could be used to infer where they lived.

Read more on The Register.

Jun 182018
 

Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles reports:

One of the province’s most well-known home care service providers has fallen victim of a cyber-attack.

The attack has breached CarePartners‘ computer system and as a result patient and employee information held in that system, including personal health and financial information, has been inappropriately accessed, according to Ontario’s Local Health Integration Network.

Read more on Nugget.

Jun 182018
 

Joseph J. Lazzarotti, Jason C. Gavejian, and Maya Atrakchi of Jackson Lewis write that changes to Louisiana’s data breach notification law (Act 382) go into effect on August 1 of this year. Those changes include expansion of the definition of personal information, requirements that notification be made no later than 60 days from discovery of a breach, and requirements for reasonable security and data disposal.

Read more about these changes on The National Law Review.

Jun 182018
 

I know, I know. It’s a crime and it’s very very wrong, but I’d be curious to meet this woman and ask her about what appears to be her voracious reading habits.

Danny Mok of the South China Morning Post recently reported:

A bibliophile who worked in a Hong Kong public library has been arrested for using the personal information of about 130 customers without their permission so she could quickly borrow their loaned books.

The 25-year-old woman, who formerly worked for a contractor company for Tseung Kwan O Public Library and was responsible for handling returned library materials from readers between 2015 and this year, was arrested on May 24, according to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which operates the library, and police.

Read more on Yahoo!

Jun 182018
 

Megan Barnes reports that more than 1,000 patients at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center had their information stolen by a now-former employee who has been sentenced to prison.

Albert Torres was reportedly arrested on April 12 after  officers became suspicious when his license plates were not those for a noncommercial vehicle. A search of the vehicle uncovered patient data for 14 people, including names, dates of birth and full Social Security numbers. A subsequent search of his apartment uncovered even more patient data.

Torres was sentenced on June 4 to three years in  prison, and affected patients are being notified.