Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Government Agents Snoop on Sports Star

Twenty-four staff of the Judicial Investigation Department in Costa Rica are being investigated for improperly using the department's database to access personal information about Real Madrid and their goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

While it seems the inappropriate access of Navas' information was motivated by curiosity such use of the database is not authorized according to the department head Francisco Segura.

"there was no justification for their actions as agents only have authority to access the "information platform" during an investigation."

- Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department head Francisco Segura

It is unclear how long the snooping went on for or how it was discovered. Organizations seeking proactively detect privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics.
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Sources:
(a) Judicial agents in Costa Rica probed for snooping on personal data of Real Madrid's Navas - www.TimesColonist.com, 10/29/2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Physician Sanctioned for Sharing Patient Data with Wife

This is an update on the January 2014 blog noting a physician had improperly shared information about 2,500 patients with his wife over a three year period.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and their agency the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), investigated the breaches and issued a report.

"The covered entity (CE)...reported that a CE-employed physician disclosed electronic protected health information (ePHI) to his wife without authorization." - HHS Summary
The HHS summary notes that the hospital sanctioned the physician and implemented new security policies and procedures. Proactive privacy breach detection can be accomplished with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Update on Coulee Medical Center Breach - www.PHIprivacy.net, 11/19/2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bank Insider Stole Customer Info for Competitor

A national bank has filed a suit against a competing institution claiming they hired one of their employees to steal customer information.

For a month before the employee left his position with the plaintiff he sent confidential information to his new employer. The new employer had set up an email account to receive customer names, tax returns, credit approvals, and other documents

"he transferred numerous tax returns, credit approvals and other documents from [the bank's] customers to his next employer in the weeks before he resigned"
- The New Jersey Law Journal
While the breaches of confidential information were discovered by a forensic review after the employee left they could have been detected proactively with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) TD Bank Claims Rival Stole Customer Files - www.NewJerseyLawJournal.com, 11/20/2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hospital Insider Stole Patient IDs for Tax Fraud

While employed at two Detroit hospitals, a woman stole hundreds of patient identities and used the information to file fraudulent tax returns.

According to the US Attorney's office at least 305 people were identity theft victims and the scam netted $500,000 in refunds for the woman and her accomplice.

"...technology has made it easier than ever for [criminals] to commit identify fraud...." - US Attorney Barbara McQuade
It is unclear when the identity thefts started or when the were discovered. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of identity thefts can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Feds: Identity thieves hit 2 metro Detroit hospitals - www.Freep.com, 11/18/2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Banker Gets Prison and $1.1M Fine for ID Thefts

A former Tampa Florida banker, who pleaded guilty in August 2014 to identity theft, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and a fine of $1.17 million.

While working at the bank she opened 292 bank accounts using 146 stolen identities. The sole purpose of the accounts was to launder fraudulently obtained federal income tax refund checks obtained by several co-conspirators, according to court documents.

"she opened 292 bank accounts using 146 stolen identities."
- US Attorney's Office, Middle District Florida
It is unclear over what period of time the identity thefts occurred or how they were discovered. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity thefts and privacy data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Former Regions banker gets prison time, $1M+ judgment in ID theft - www.BizJournals.com, 11/13/2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pharmacist Snooped on Family, Friends' Health Records

A UK pharmacist has been prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after "unlawfully accessing the medical records of family members, work colleagues and local health professionals."

While working at two different healthcare clinics, he misused his computer access to snoop on people not included on the patients he was assigned to work on. Unlawfully obtaining or accessing personal data is a criminal offence under the UK's Data Protection Act.

"[The pharmacist] unlawfully accessing the medical records of family members, work colleagues and local health professionals."
- Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
The privacy breaches were discovered during an audit. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) UK: Pharmacist who unlawfully spied on family and friends’ medical records prosecuted - www.PHIprivacy.net, 11/13/2014

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