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States Sharing of COVID-19 Patients’ Data With First Responders Sparks Privacy Concern

More than 11 million people have been tested in the U.S. for COVID-19, all with the assurance that their private medical information would remain protected and undisclosed. Yet, public officials in at least two-thirds of states are sharing the addresses …

Google, Amazon Health and Fitness Apps Don’t Have Much to Do With Health

As the market for smart speakers like Amazon’s Alexa continues to expand, there is a potential for these devices to help enhance the health of users. But, while the app stores of these devices are full of apps in the …

Uber Sued by Rape Victim Who Says It Violated Her Medical Privacy

A woman sued Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday claiming top executives at the ride-hailing company improperly obtained her medical records after she was raped by a driver in India, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed in a California federal …

Florida Man Sues Hospital after Amputated Leg Found in Trash

A Key Largo, Fla., man is suing a hospital after his amputated leg was found in the trash. The Miami Herald reports that the man found out about the incident when homicide detectives knocked on his door and asked him …

Study Reveals Extent, Nature of Health Data Breaches

Between 2010 and 2013, there were more than 900 data breaches of protected health information affecting at least 500 individuals, with most of them resulting from overt criminal activity, according to a study in the April 14 issue of the …

Pros Should Probe Teams’ Leaks of Players’ Medical Information: Viewpoint

The trade sending Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres finally went through late Thursday night, after a rocky process that seemed to involve some questionable gamesmanship. Major League Baseball officials would do well to give …

Obama Administration Offers Healthcare Law Security Measures

The Obama administration will announce measures to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of the information they submit when they sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, officials said on Wednesday. The administration plans to …

Republicans Question Privacy Protections with Health Insurance Navigators

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has joined other Republicans lawmakers around the country in questioning privacy issues surrounding the navigators hired to walk people through their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. “What we do not know is how …

North Carolina Blue Cross Defends Data Sharing

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina shares private information of hundreds of thousands of its clients to an outside company that helps design its software. The company told The News & Observer of Raleigh that it protects the …

Supreme Court Limits Pilot’s Damages in HIV Privacy Claim vs. Government

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a pilot from San Francisco, whose status as HIV-infected was disclosed by one federal agency to another one in violation of a privacy law, cannot sue for damages for mental and emotional …