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UMass Memorial to Pay $230,000 for Healthcare Data Breaches

September 24, 2018 - UMass Memorial healthcare entities have agreed to pay $230,000 to the state of Massachusetts to resolve claims that two separate healthcare data breaches exposed PHI of more than 15,000 state residents. The lawsuit by the Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) alleged that healthcare facilities received complaints about two employees accessing patients PHI to open cell phone and credit...


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Bill Would Exempt HIPAA Covered Entities from California Privacy Law

by Fred Donovan

The California legislature has passed amendments to the sweeping California Consumer Privacy Act that would, among other changes, exempt HIPAA covered entities and business associates from the state law’s requirements. It would also...

Children’s Mercy Faces Lawsuit Over Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

A class action lawsuit was filed this week against Kansas City, Missouri-based Children’s Mercy Hospital in response to a healthcare data breach that affected more than 60,000 individuals earlier this year, the Kansas City Star...

Healthcare Data Breaches Now Covered by Arizona Law

by Fred Donovan

Arizona is now including healthcare data breaches in its data breach notification law. Under legislation introduced in January and signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey earlier this month, information about an individual's...

Alabama Last US State to Enact Data Breach Notification Law

by Fred Donovan

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has inked a data breach notification law that requires organizations and agencies to notify data breach victims within 45 days, becoming the last US state to enact such a statute. The law, which takes effect...

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