Florida man found guilty in Santa Rosa identity theft case

Kris Wernowsky reports in the Pensacola News Journal: A former Santa Rosa Medical Center nurse took the stand Thursday and admitted that he stole a patient’s identity and used it to get thousands of dollars to purchase vehicles. “It’s wrong, what I did,” Gary Lamar Holt said during his testimony. “I didn’t mean to...

Health-care company, state deny personal data was at risk

Scott Bauer reports: The security of a database containing sensitive information about 240,000 senior citizens and disabled people in Wisconsin was never breached or at risk, the chief executive of the company that controls the data said Thursday. A top official with the state Department of Health and Family Services also sought to assure...

Senate passes Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007

By a vote of 95-0 this afternoon, the Senate passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007, as amended. The five Senators not voting were Clinton (D-NY), DeMint (R-SC), Gregg (R-NH), McCain (R-AZ), and Obama (D-IL). Prior to passage of the bill, Senator Snowe introduced an amendment to H.R. 493 (SA 4573 ) that...

Security hole in Harmony's SAMS program exposed personal and health information on Wisconsin seniors and disabled

  Scott Bauer of the Associated Press reports that a computer program run by Harmony Information Systems has a significant security hole that resulted in exposure of personal and medical information on Wisconsin seniors and disabled people. The program in question, Harmony’s Social Assistance Management Systems program, is used by Wisconsin to compile nutrition...

New BC health law could lead to privacy abuse

Pamela Fayerman of the Vancouver Sun reports: Legislation paving the way for the collection and sharing of electronic health records opens the door for massive privacy security breaches, say groups opposed to the Bill which will soon get second reading. The way Bill 24 is drafted, B.C. residents could find their private health records...

'Hold instructor of student nurse in rectum scandal accountable'

From ABS-CBN, more on the scandal reported on this site previously: The chair of the Technical Committee on Nursing Education of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) suggested to revoke the license of the Clinical Instructor (CI) of the student nurse who took a cell phone video of the rectum operation in Vicente Sotto Memorial...

Kansas District Attorney Files Response to State on Needing Abortion Files

Steven Ertelt writes on LifeNews.com: A Kansas district attorney has filed a brief in relation to an investigation he’s conducting into a Planned Parenthood that allegedly did illegal late-term abortions, falsified medical records and violated other state laws. Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline says he needs abortion reports the state has about the...

Bank of Ireland loses thousands of customer records

Out-Law.com reports: Four laptops containing personal details of 10,000 people have been stolen from the Bank of Ireland (BOI). The Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland is investigating the thefts. Data on the four laptops is not thought to have been encrypted, and BOI will now begin a process of encryption of data on its...

Congress Near Deal on Genetic Test Bias Bill

Andrew Pollack reports in the New York Times: Congress reached an agreement clearing the way for a bill to prohibit discrimination by employers and health insurers on the basis of genetic tests. Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who had been almost single-handedly holding up action on the bill, said in an interview Tuesday...

Ca: Brampton teen's suicide tied to privacy law

Once again, a school believes that they cannot divulge a student’s mental health issues to the student’s parents. And once again, the results are disastrous for the student…. Robyn Doolittle reports in the Toronto Star: Although the school was aware Nadia Kajouji had been suffering from depression, privacy laws prevented counsellors from contacting the...