Effectiveness of medical privacy law is questioned

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar writes in the Los Angeles Times: When Congress passed a federal medical privacy law more than a decade ago, it was hailed as a new level of protection for patients nationwide. But even though the government has received about 34,000 complaints of privacy violations since it officially began enforcing the law five...

Figure at center of UCLA medical records flap was just 'nosy'

Charles Ornstein of the Los Angeles Times reports: The UCLA Medical Center employee who allegedly pried into the private medical records of the governor’s wife and 60 others in a burgeoning scandal was a low-ranking administrative specialist who told The Times on Tuesday that “it was just me being nosy.” “Clearly I made a...

WellPoint Customer Information Exposed

Well,  PogoWasRight.org broke the story yesterday, but now the Associated Press has picked up the story and done something I couldn’t do — they got a statement from WellPoint. WellPoint’s statement to the Associated Press is not wholly consistent with what PogoWasRight.org’s investigation found, but more on that later.