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.
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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