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Breaches Result in Prison Time, Demotions

DATA LOSS—U.S.

October 19, 2010

Recent healthcare privacy breach cases have resulted in significant sanctions. As the result of an incident involving the University of Texas Medical Branch, a 34-year-old Texas woman has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $163,185.19 restitution for unlawful possession of fraudulent identification documents and conspiracy to commit identity theft. In a separate case, The Herald-Sun reports on a University of North Carolina cancer researcher's fight against the demotion and $85,000 pay cut she received following a 2007 security breach in the study she directed. The researcher's attorney is arguing the university knew the program's computer system had security deficiencies and did not notify his client.
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