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Consumer views and news since 2007 about identity theft, privacy, and corporate responsibility -- by George Jenkins



Updated: 2018-02-05T08:30:00-05:00

 



Fresenius Medical Care To Pay $3.5 Million For 5 Small Data Breaches During 2012

2018-02-02T13:58:13-05:00

Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement agreement regarding five small data breaches the Massachusetts-based healthcare organization experienced during 2012. Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. does business under the name Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA). This represents one of the largest HIPAA settlements ever...



Health Experts To Facebook: Turn Off Messenger Kids

2018-01-30T13:37:52-05:00

In December 2017, Facebook launched its Messenger Kids service for children ages six to 13. The service includes a free video calling and messaging app where children can connect only with parent-approved contacts. The ad-free service includes masks, frames, stickers and GIFs for children to, "ids can create fun videos...



Some U.S. Hospitals Don’t Put Americans First for Liver Transplants

2017-11-29T18:20:21-05:00

[Editor's note: today's guest blog post, by the reporters at ProPublica, discusses a largely unknown practice by some hospitals in the health care industry. Is this practice right? Ethical? Today's post is reprinted with permission.] By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Earlier this fall, a leader of the busiest hospital for organ...



Consequences And New Threats From The Massive Equifax Breach

2017-10-10T11:15:00-04:00

To protect themselves and their sensitive information, many victims of the massive Equifax data breach have signed up for the free credit monitoring and fraud resolution services Equifax arranged. That's a good start. Some victims have gone a step further and placed Fraud Alerts or Security Freezes on their credit...



'If You Hemorrhage, Don't Clean Up': Advice From Mothers Who Almost Died

2017-08-11T09:25:26-04:00

[Editor's note: today's guest post is part of the ongoing "Lost Mothers" investigation by ProPublica because, "The U.S. has the highest rate of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth in the developed world. Half of the deaths are preventable, victimizing women from a variety of races, backgrounds, educations and income...



The Myth Of Drug Expiration Dates

2017-07-26T09:00:00-04:00

[Editor's Note: some politicians and pundits repeatedly claim that the private sector is more efficient than the public sector. Today's blog post explores waste in the healthcare industry. Today's post is reprinted with permission.] By Marshall Allen, ProPublica The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet...



How Two Common Medications Became One $455 Million Specialty Pill

2017-06-20T19:27:44-04:00

[Editor's Note: today's guest post, by the reporters at ProPublica, explores reasons for the high cost of prescription drugs for patients in the United States. Today's post is reprinted with permission.] by Marshall Allen, ProPublica Everything happened so fast as I walked out of the doctor's exam room. I was...



3 Strategies To Defend GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments

2017-05-31T20:18:03-04:00

[Editor's Note: today's guest post is by the reporters as ProPublica. Affordable health care and coverage are important to many, if not most, Americans. It is reprinted with permission.] by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Earlier this month, a day after the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace...



America's Other Drug Problem

2017-05-10T13:05:52-04:00

[Editor's Note: today's guest blog post, by reporters at ProPublica, explores the waste problem in the health care industry, and the accompanying pollution. It is reprinted with permission.] by Marshall Allen, ProPublica Every week in Des Moines, Iowa, the employees of a small nonprofit collect bins of unexpired prescription drugs...



We Fact-Checked Lawmakers' Letters To Constituents on Health Care

2017-03-23T10:51:12-04:00

[Editor's Note: today's guest post, by the reporters at ProPublica, explores the problem of "fake news" and whether elected officials contribute to the problem while discussing health care legislation. The article was originally published yesterday, and is reprinted with permission. Interested persons wanting to help ProPublica's ongoing fact-checking efforts can...



The Boston Keep ACA Rally on January 15 And Senator Warren's Remarks

2017-01-17T10:28:33-05:00

On Sunday January 15, 2017 I attended the healthcare rally in Boston at iconic Faneuil Hall. It was one of a dozen rallies around the United States. Several people spoke, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, activist Sarah Grow, Carla Leviano, and U.S. Senator Edward Markey. The...



Potential Security Issues Regarding the Internet of Things

2016-10-25T09:53:02-04:00

[Editor's Note: today's blog post is by guest author Cassie Phillips, a technology blogger who developed a special interest in cybersecurity after her webcam was hacked. While she’s interested to see how the Internet of Things changes how we use technology, she is very concerned about all the risks it...



FDA Releases Guidelines For Apps And Wearables For Fitness And Health

2016-08-05T13:01:15-04:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released guidelines about mobile apps and wearable devices for health and fitness (Adobe PDF). The guidelines document stated that it is for clarity for industry and FDA staff, and include "nonbinding recommendations." The federal agency will not regulate mobile apps and wearables that...



Report: Significant Security Risks With Healthcare And Financial Services Mobile Apps

2016-04-07T17:08:35-04:00

Arxan Technologies recently released its fifth annual report about the state of application security. This latest report also highlighted some differences between how information technology (I.T.) professionals and consumers view the security of healthcare and financial services mobile apps. Overall, Arxan found critical vulnerabilities: "84 percent of the US FDA-approved...



iFit Data Breach Exposes The Sensitive Information of More Than Half A Million Users

2015-12-21T09:08:00-05:00

Plenty of stationary, mobile, and wearable devices -- including their apps -- collect and store consumers' sensitive personal data, including health information. The Data Breaches blog reported a breach involving the popular mobile fitness app, iFit, affecting as many as 576,274 users. A researcher discovered the breach on December 10....






Update: FTC Complaint Against Weight-Loss Marketer For Allegedly Using "Gag Clauses"

2015-10-27T09:00:00-04:00

After the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against it for allegedly using gag clauses to silence negative online reviews by customers, Roca Labs, the weight-loss marketer, has responded. MediaPost's Daily Online Examiner reported: "The company, which sells weight-loss products, argues in court papers filed earlier this month...



FTC Sues Weight-Loss Marketer For Alleged Use Of "Gag Clauses," Threats, And Lawsuits To Prevent Negative Reviews By Customers

2015-10-06T08:45:00-04:00

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint in Federal court against a weight-loss marketer alleging: "... that Roca Labs, Inc.; Roca Labs Nutraceutical USA, Inc.; and their principals have sued and threatened to sue consumers who shared their negative experiences online or complained to the Better Business Bureau,...



Medical Informatics Engineering, Concentra, Employers, Data Sharing, And Privacy

2015-09-15T21:47:37-04:00

After receiving the breach notice from Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) via postal mail, my wife and I wondered how MIE acquired her information. MIE's breach notice mentioned Concentra, a healthcare company we haven't and don't do business with. Today's blog post describes what we learned during our search for answers,...



Class-Action Lawsuits Filed Against Medical Informatics Engineering And Experian

2015-08-03T15:39:54-04:00

One result of the Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) data breach has been a class-action lawsuit filed against MIE. The Journal Gazette reported on July 31: "James Young, a patient whose medical information was compromised, filed the paperwork Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne. The Indianapolis man is seeking...