Medical marijuana is legal in Colorado. Hundreds of dispensaries have sprouted up all over the state. Since they say that the drug is for medical reasons that it seem to follow that they are covered under HIPAA and need to protect their clients personal information.
The standard medical practice they have been following HIPAA guidelines for many years now. It is rare that we hear about a doctor carelessly discarding patient records. With the rush to set up shop and operators with no prior experience with HIPAA I think we are in for a bumpy privacy road.
9news is reporting that a marijuana dispensary in Denver discarded client records into the trash.
The red flag rule was added to FACTA to help prevent identity theft by creating policies to detect possible fraud. The ABA has successfully argued that they should not be required to implement the rule. The change comes in the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010.
This is another example of special interest groups winning over the common interest of the citizens. For shame ABA.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center failed to shred the medical information for 8,000 patients. The information was left in a dumpster. As part of the HITECH changes in HIPAA the hospital was required to disclose the breach.
At this time it is not suspected that anyone took the documents. However, it is still a black eye for the hospital. [article]
Always start with the basics of preventing physical access to private information. They make sure you get a good shredder in Tennessee.
A unfavorable report of discarded computers at NASA has been published. The report covered NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. It found that top secret information was not erased from computers before they were discarded. The computers then ended up in a publicly accessible dumpster. [video]
Computers pose two problems for businesses. The first is that they are made of hazardous waste and can’t be thrown away in the trash. The second is all the sensitive information left on the hard drives. To knock out both problems you can use a hard drive shredding service.
Voters signing a petition in Tampa are the latest victims of an easily preventable data breach. Their information was dumped behind a business. Always be weary before giving away any of your information to a fly by night organization.