HIPAA Laptop Encryption: NYU Langone Had A Laptop PHI Breach In April.

According to phiprivacy.net, NYU Langone Medical Center announced a data breach in June, a little before their July admission to another data breach that affected 8,400 people.  Unlike the latter announcement, though, the June announcement appears to be somewhat outside of NYU’s control.  It’s a shame that not everyone is getting the story on the […] read more

Disk Encryption Legalities: Massachusetts Court Orders Lawyer To Decrypt Laptop.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (MSJC) has ordered a lawyer to decrypt his laptop computers.  The lawyer, one Leon Gelfgatt, is a criminal suspect in an ongoing case involving Russians and mortgage fraud, and as far as I can tell (as a non-lawyer), his biggest mistake was in not following the aged maxim: “don’t speak […] read more

Data Security: US Supreme Court Says Warrants Needed For Cellphone Search.

According to the US Supreme Court, US authorities require warrants in order to search the cellphones of people who are arrested [http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-132_8l9c.pdf ; ].  The decision is not solely for cellphones, though: rummaging through information found on smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, etc. should also be affected, with personal privacy being the winner. Also, I imagine […] read more

HIPAA Laptop Encryption: Second Coordinated Health Data Breach In 30 Days.

Why is PHI encryption recommended by the HHS, Office for Civil Rights, HIPAA experts, and just people in general?  It’s because encryption software can act as a safety net for unforeseen data breaches, as the following story shows. Coordinated Health, a network of hospitals that has seventeen locations all over Pennsylvania, has announced a second […] read more