Big Data: Big Business, Big Privacy Issues

By | Socially Aware Blog | November 19, 2014
Big Data:  Big Business, Big Privacy Issues

Big data is now big business. In recent years, due to the exponential growth of databases (spurred at least in part by social media and cloud storage) and of the capability of technology to undertake data analytics on a massive scale, organisations have started to appreciate the potential hidden value that could be derived from their data.

Pharmacists and Health Professionals Beware: Indiana Court of Appeals Upholds $1.44 Million Jury Verdict Resulting from HIPAA Violation

By | Data Privacy Monitor | November 19, 2014
Pharmacists and Health Professionals Beware: Indiana Court of Appeals Upholds $1.44 Million Jury Verdict Resulting from HIPAA Violation

As previously reported, an Indiana jury awarded $1.44 million to a Walgreens customer based on allegations that the customer’s pharmacist accessed, reviewed and shared the customer’s prescription history with others who then used the information to intimidate and harass the customer.

Union Files NLRB Complaint Regarding the USPS’ Handing of Security Breach Involving Employee Personal Information

By | Trading Secrets | November 19, 2014
Union Files NLRB Complaint Regarding the USPS’ Handing of Security Breach Involving Employee Personal Information

A company faced with a security breach has a lengthy “to do” list, things to accomplish with respect to its incident response plan. It must, among other things, determine the root cause of the vulnerability or breach, investigate and eliminate the vulnerability or breach, determine the full nature and extent of the breach, determine who to notify and finalize the notifications.