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Healthcare Breach Case a Boon for Encryption?

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 21, 2013

A California appeals court ruled that the Board of Regents at the University of California can't be held accountable for the loss of a hard drive containing the personal health information of more than 16,000 patients. mHealth News reports that the decision hinged on the hard drive being encrypted. Officials could not confirm the data was actually accessed. The report also notes that the case was decided under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, not HIPAA. Meanwhile, Fierce Health IT reports that the Government Accountability Office is pushing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to remove Social Security numbers from ID cards, noting that the inclusion "introduces risks to beneficiaries' personal information."
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