Critics Argue That Facebook’s New Health Privacy Changes Don’t Go Far Enough

In response to a recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint, as well as public scrutiny of Facebook privacy settings, the company announced new protections for users who discuss sensitive health topics in Facebook’s Groups forum.

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HHS Lowers Maximum Fines Set for HIPAA Violations

The US Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that it is capping the civil monetary penalties that can be assessed to covered entities, business associates, and health plans for HIPAA violations.

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Seeks Injunction Against $4.3 Million HIPAA Fine
Apr23

MD Anderson Cancer Center Seeks Injunction Against $4.3 Million HIPAA Fine

MD Anderson is basing its appeal on several claims, including arguing that the $4.3 million penalty is excessive and is in violation of the eighth amendment to the Constitution, exceeding HIPAA’s statutory caps. Some HIPAA security experts are skeptical of the cancer center’s legal arguments and predict they won’t succeed.

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Employers Track Women’s Health Data with Pregnancy Apps

A smartphone app that simultaneously markets itself to women (as a fertility, pregnancy, and post-partum health tracker) and to employers (as a tool that can track employee health and wellness while lowering their healthcare costs) has drawn criticism from privacy advocates about the sensitivity of the data it shares and aggregates.

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Malware Attack Successfully Alters Radiology Scans, Resulting in Misdiagnoses

For this blind study, trained and experienced radiologists diagnosed cancer 99 percent of the time on scans with fabricated cancerous nodules. And in cases where the malware removed real cancerous nodules from scans, the radiologists said those patients were healthy 94 percent of the time.

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Hospital Employees Fired for Improperly Viewing Smollett Medical Records

A nurse told a local news outlet that she was one of several healthcare workers fired for allegedly improperly viewing the medical records of a high-profile patient, but she says that she did not intentionally seek out the record and simply scrolled by his name while searching for another record.

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