Category Archives: HIPAA

User help thyself! Take control of your privacy settings and don’t post private content online

Keeping your Facebook images private is a confounding problem. Ask Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi who couldn’t make sense of  FB’s privacy settings. Kashmir Hill, a privacy commentator at Forbes posted a funny analysis of the Zuckerberg predicament and easy to follow directions on how to adjust your settings to keep family photos more private. The settings […]

When is Advertising Invasive or Just “Creepy”?

Cookies are one of my favorite things.  Usually, this refers to the oatmeal raisin variety rather than those tiny bits of computer code that empower websites to remember a user’s login, keep items in a shopping cart and greet the user by name when she returns.  Warm and fuzzy, right? Sometimes, not so much.  I […]

Undressing Online: Managing User Privacy in an Interactive World

The evolution of digital and social marketing makes it easier than ever for agencies and marketers to target consumers. But there are gaping legal pitfalls. Because of lax or downright misleading privacy policies, some of the largest online players – including Facebook, Twitter and Google – have bull’s-eyes on their backs; and the Federal Trade […]

Is HIPAA privacy compliance required when unencrypted Personal Health Information is lost on a train?

A lawyer lost a portable hard drive containing protected health information (PHI) on a commuter train, reports The Baltimore Sun. What compliance is required? From the Sun article, the hard drive, while complicated and technologically difficult to access, was not encrypted.  Loss of unencrypted data by healthcare professional or company triggers compliance under the HIPAA Privacy […]