Making Copies — Without Compromising Data Security

Law360, New York (October 7, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT) -- In a case that illustrates the data privacy risks associated with modern copiers (and indirectly all smart devices), the United States Department of Health and Human Resources has announced a $1,215,780 settlement with Affinity Health Plan Inc., arising from an investigation of potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.[1]

This matter started when Affinity was advised by CBS Evening News that CBS had purchased a photocopier previously leased by Affinity. CBS informed Affinity that the copier’s hard drive contained confidential medical information relating to Affinity patients. As a result, on Aug. 15, 2010, Affinity self-reported a breach with the...

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