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Celebrities’ Health Information Compromised by Sony Hacking

Posted in Privacy & Security, Sensitive Health Information

Fox Rothschild partner Scott Vernick recently appeared as a guest on the Willis Report to discuss the fallout of the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Click here to view the segment.  Celebrities’ individually identifiable health information, some of which appears to be protected health information (“PHI”) under HIPAA, was among the sensitive personal data hacked… Continue Reading

Does Oklahoma’s New Abortion Law Violate HIPAA?

Posted in Privacy & Security, Sensitive Health Information

On November 1, 2009, the "Statistical Reporting of Abortion Law" was scheduled to go into effect in Oklahoma. A temporary restraining order issued on October 20, 2009, however, has blocked enforcement of the law until at least December 4, 2009.* (Davis v. Edmondson, Okla. Dist. Ct. No. CJ-2009-9154). The Statistical Reporting of Abortion Law is… Continue Reading

GINA (the new federal law, not a girl) May Spur Lawsuits

Posted in Lawsuits, Sensitive Health Information

Yesterday, the White House Office of the Press Secretary announced that President Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 ("GINA").  The intent of GINA is to protect individuals from employers and insurance companies denying employment, promotions or health coverage to people when genetic tests show they have a predisposition to cancer, heart disease, or other ailments. … Continue Reading

Federal Law Passed to Protect Use and Disclosure of Genetic Information

Posted in Sensitive Health Information

ScienceDaily reports today that the U.S. Senate approved the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) yesterday, April 24, 2008, by unanimous consent of an amended version of H.R. 493, which passed the House last April 25, 2007 by a vote of 420-3.  The House is expected to take up the measure again quickly before sending… Continue Reading