Mar 312018
 March 31, 2018  Posted by  Healthcare, Laws, U.S.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed a bill providing people with more privacy from their health insurance companies.

The new law, the so-called PATCH Act, seeks to ensure that patients have the ability to request that a summary of payment form for their health insurance be sent directly to them, not to the policyholder of their insurance.

The acronym stands for Protecting Access to Confidential Health Care.

Read more on Wealth News Today.

Mar 312018
 March 31, 2018  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.


In a Federal Register notice released today, the State Department is proposing that all visa applicants submit social media identifiers to the federal government. EPIC previously opposed the agency’s plan, warning that “this proposal leaves the door open for abuse, mission creep, and the disproportionate targeting of Muslim and Arab Americans.” Earlier this year, EPIC and a broad coalition of civil rights organizations submitted a Freedom of Information Act request seeking details of the Trump Administration’s “extreme vetting” initiative, including the collection and use of social media information.

Related:  Trump admin wants to track 14 million US visitors’ social media history

Mar 302018
 March 30, 2018  Posted by  Surveillance

When my twin sons entered George Mason University, the school had just implemented a new security system for its dining hall: Students had to submit to a retinal scan to gain entry.

At the time, it didn’t occur to me or their father—two law school graduates who’ve worked in the cutting edge world of legal journalism for more years than I’ll admit here—that there might be a privacy problem with the scanner idea.

Read more on BNA.

Mar 292018
 March 29, 2018  Posted by  Business, Featured News

Tom Bergin reports:

I’m 57, with a 30-year-old wife, a fairly new hot water boiler, an old-style television, a petrol car and no kids.

Tom Bergin. Credit: Reuters TV.

Actually, none of that is true. But that is what you might believe if you purchased access to my data from the world’s largest information broker by market value.

Read more on Reuters.  Even if your data are wrong, they’re still commercially valuable. But what does that mean for you?