Improperly disposed of documents from the County and State levels . . .
Branches of county and state government in Pinellas County Florida have improperly disposed of documents that contain citizens' sensitive personal information. The report states that Hundreds of documents were involved, and the inappropriate disposals may violate state and federal law. "Citizens are forced to provide confidential information to the government," said Bob Melton, the clerk's audit director. "So the go
Clinics Failed to Provide Patients with Records Access . . .
For the first time, federal officials have issued a civil monetary penalty to a healthcare organization for violations of the HIPPA privacy rule. Cignet Health of Prince George's County, Md., was fined $4.3 million for the violations that involved failing to provide 41 patients with access to their medical records and then failing to cooperate with federal investigators.
The individuals affected filed records access complaint
Case involved loss of documents that included information on patients with HIV/AIDS . . .
In the second major HIPAA enforcement agency announced by federal authorities this week, Massachusetts General Hospital and its physicians organization have entered into a resolution agreement that calls for paying a $1 million settlement and taking corrective action to avoid future violations. The case involved the loss of documents that included information on patients with HIV/AIDS.
Charges of fraud and conspiracy in obtaining and distributing the e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad owners . . .
Federal prosecutors arrested two men on charges of fraud and conspiracy in obtaining and distributing the e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad 3G owners.
Those affected by the breach included military personnel, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and employees of NASA and the Department of Homeland Security.
Each man is charged with one count of conspiracy to