Tracing a crime suspect through a relative

Maura Dolan and Jason Felch report: Over nearly two decades, a serial killer has shot and strangled at least 11 people, often dumping their battered bodies in alleyways of Inglewood and Los Angeles. Most were black women or girls, the youngest just 14. The latest was found last year, shrouded in a garbage bag....

UK: NHS Tayside and NHS Lanarkshire found in breach of Data Protection Act

A press release from the Information Commissioner’s Office: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found NHS Tayside and NHS Lanarkshire in breach of the Data Protection Act after investigating complaints concerning the disposal of patient information at Strathmartine Hospital in Dundee and Law Hospital in Carluke. The ICO was alerted to both data breaches...

UK: NHS lost patient details 135 times in two years

Kaya Burgess reports: The NHS has lost the confidential medical records and personal details of thousands of patients in a “catalogue of errors” uncovered by an investigation into how the health service handles data. A “fundamental re-examination” of how the NHS deals with personal data was demanded last night after research showed that a...

NZ: Police don't often dip into DNA samples

Police say they rarely use DNA samples taken from newborn babies to help their investigations. The Privacy Commissioner has suggested in a submission to the Health Ministry that two million DNA samples, taken from a heel-prick test of babies born since 1969, should be destroyed or transferred to a secure authority. Privacy Commissioner...

Microchips for AIDS patients in eastern Indonesia

The situation described below really raises so many ethical, civil liberties, and privacy issues… Niniek Karmini and Irwan Firdaus of the Associated Press report: Lawmakers in Indonesia’s remote province of Papua have thrown their support behind a controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips — part of extreme efforts to...

Microsoft, Google Joust—and Concur—On Personal Health Records

Chad Berndtson reports: They may be cutthroat competitors. But tried as their representatives did to explain the fundamental differences between two personal health record (PHR) platforms,Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Google also may yet have some detente—at least when it comes to the like-minded goal of managing vast quantities of personal health information to benefit...

Study favors use of national health ID numbers for patients

The report says unique identifiers would reduce errors and protect privacy, but privacy watchdogs are not convinced. Read the story in AMNews The report on which the article is based is: “Identity Crisis: An Examination of the Costs and Benefits of a Unique Patient Identifier for the U.S. Health Care System,” RAND Health, October,...

CO: Identity theft traced back to hospital bill

The Children’s Hospital and a third-party billing contractor will warn as many as 1,000 families that their credit card information may have been compromised by a former employee. Aurora-based Revenue Enterprises recently terminated an employee that handled billing for The Children’s Hospital after it was discovered she used a family’s credit card to pay...

NC agency sells cabinet containing personal info

The Department of Health and Human Services says a man who bought a filing cabinet from the state agency got something extra: dozens of client files. Agency spokesman Mark Van Sciver told the News & Observer of Raleigh the buyer found 57 files in the file cabinet purchased last month from the Caswell Developmental...