California fines Kaiser Permanente for violating Suleman's privacy

Raquel Maria Dillon of the Associated Press reports that California has fined Kaiser Permanente $250,000 because hospital employees inappropriately accessed medical records for octuplet mother Nadya Suleman when she was a patient at the Bellflower facility. Although the fine is the first one passed under California’s new law boosting medical privacy, it is not...

“Operation Plastic Pipe Line” nabs 45 in massive international ring

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today that an international forged credit card and identity theft ring based in the New York metropolitan area has been successfully dismantled following the indictment this week of forty-five individuals. The ring – which was comprised of three separate identity theft and forged credit card groups that...

Amway responds: “Our house has not been broken into”

Yesterday, I posted an entry about a recent breach reported by Amway Global that seemed essentially identical to a breach that they reported last year. I questioned whether Quixtar/Amway had correctly identified the source of the earlier breach and perhaps failed to address it. I had called Amway to discuss the breaches, but had...

CDT Issue Brief: Impact of Health Privacy Law Changes in California

From CDT: The California Healthcare Foundation has published a major issue brief by Deven McGraw, director of CDT’s Health Privacy Project, which analyzes the health privacy landscape in California before 2009 and changes made by enactment of recent improvements to both California and federal health privacy laws. As electronic medical records become more widely...