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Quick Quiz: Has Your Personal Information Been Hacked?

by Debra N. Diener J.D. CIPP G

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The New York Times has a quick online interactive quiz so individuals can see how much, and which types, of their personal information has been hacked (“How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers?” by Josh Keller, K.K. Rebecca Lai and Nicole Perlroth; July 29th. … Continue Reading

Internet of Things Security Issues

by Debra N. Diener J.D. CIPP G

Tech Devices

I’ve written before about the Internet of Things (IoT) and some of the privacy and security issues that IoT raises. Yes, there are some very helpful benefits from having so many of our devices inter-connected.
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Is Your City Rifling Through Your Garbage?

by Jim Malmberg

Shredded Paper in and around the basket

For many years now, we’ve been warning our readers to shred their documents before throwing them away. After all, you never know who may decide to go through your trash to steal your identity. What you probably don’t know is that your city may also be going through your garbage. No, they are not trying to steal your identity. … Continue Reading

Healthcare Data Under Attack

by Robert Gregg

MedicalData

It’s been a while since I sent a Friends of the Firm email, but that’s not due to lack of news. The truth is the data breach landscape has gone a bit crazy. You no doubt have heard about the huge mega breaches at Anthem and Premera, both health insurance companies whose breaches involved over 100 million Americans and their personal medical identities. … Continue Reading

Health data breaches: No one is immune

This article was originally published in Government Health IT where Rick Kam is a contributing writer.

by ID Experts

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Up to one-quarter of Americans may have been affected by the Anthem Healthcare data breach in February — estimates that dwarf last year’s Community Health Systems breach by an order of magnitude. All healthcare organizations are at risk for a data breach. … Continue Reading

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