Thursday, August 14, 2008

Follow-up on Transit Hacking Story

Here's a great editorial from the Boston Globe on what the MIT students "should" have done (invokes the 1st amendment).

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mass. Considering Medical Records Breech Notification

The bill, "An Act to Promote Cost Containment Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Quality Health Care", passed in the Massachusetts state senate and has moved onto the house. It dictates certain data privacy and security policy for electronic medical records, including provision of medical record access audit trails and notification of unauthorized disclosures.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Suppression of Hacking?

MIT students discovered security flaws (e.g., reverse engineering of magnetic strips, RFID hacking, and tampering with fare cards) in Boston's automated subway system, but a US district court judge has ordered that they can not present their findings at the Defcon conference.

Congress + Privacy + Internet?

The NY Times speculates on Congress's recent steps towards taking on data privacy issues in the Internet...

Personally, while Congress may hold fact finding sessions about the risks to privacy in the online world, I think they'll have many challenges to passing any legislation that is geared towards protecting privacy per se. Regulation of the Internet is a tricky thing and attempts to limit information accessibility would reek of free speech violations...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Insurance Risk from Prescription Records?

Interesting developments on the health insurance scoring of individuals based on their prescription records... (story)