Blog Posts (16)
September 10, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In David Eggers’ novel, The Circle, a fictional internet company creates and encourages users to videostream their lives.…
August 23, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
How much is your privacy worth? Would you be willing to give up your rights to medical privacy for $50?…
January 23, 2013
Jennifer Chevinksy, B.S.
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has recently denounced the actions of neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez who publicly commented on the health status of boxer and politician, Manny Pacquiao.…
September 1, 2012
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March 5, 2009
As reported on CNET, Google is now allowing its users of its online health record service, Google Health, to share their health records with each other.…
January 16, 2009
According to a recent New York Times article, “health privacy isn’t an issue when you are a legend.” The article, discussing the recent health disclosures, rumormongering, and volatile stock prices at Apple, due to Steve Jobs’ health claims that privacy isn’t a luxury that Mr.…
September 26, 2008
In the latest issue of the American Journal of Bioethics, Malm et al. address the question of whether physicians have a duty to treat during a public health emergency or whether the duty to heal ends where the epidemic beings.…
May 28, 2008
Many have hailed the passage of the Genetic Information Nondescrimination Act as a major policy advance. And while there are certainly people who will benefit from the protections included in the law, Emory’s Ani B.…
April 3, 2008
Popular Mechanics recently ranked what are, in its opinion, the 10 most prophetic sci-fi movies ever. Number 1? The genetics-focused drama Gattaca.…
December 20, 2007
To go in for surgery is to become vulnerable. We’re put under anesthesia and, in some cases, literally opened up for others to see.…
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August 17, 2016 8:00 am
Large genomic databases are indispensable for scientists looking for genetic variations associated with diseases. But they come with privacy risks for people who contribute their DNA. A 2013 study1 showed that hackers could use publicly available information on the Internet to identify people from their anonymized genomic data.
May 7, 2015 3:15 pm
A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the telephone metadata collection program, under which the National Security Agency gathers up millions of phone records on an ongoing daily basis, is illegal under the Patriot Act.
May 1, 2015 6:29 pm
The New Orleans Advocate recently published a shocking story that details the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by law enforcement access to private genetic databases and familial DNA searching.
April 14, 2015 2:14 pm
Large-scale health data breaches reported by doctors and health plans have been rising steadily, a new report shows.
January 27, 2015 6:54 pm
The new year is off to a fast start with a new state budget. Gov. Jerry Brown hinted at what would be the centerpieces of his historic fourth and final term when he was sworn in on Monday. He is focused on education, combating climate change and building the state’s controversial high-speed rail system, which broke ground in Fresno on Tuesday.
January 13, 2015 12:50 pm
Computers can be better at predicting our personality than our friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers has indicated.
September 16, 2014 5:18 pm
Paul McMillan sent his winged monkey scanners out looking for computers that have remote access software on them, but no password. In just that short hour, the results came pouring in: thousands of computers on port 5900 using a program called VNC for remote access.
September 15, 2014 5:14 pm
Two of California’s largest health insurers are partnering to create a massive database of patient medical records. But the system faces significant technological challenges and privacy concerns.
August 19, 2014 5:40 pm
The plan to build a cybersecurity machine that would monitor all private communications coming into the U.S. for attacks and retaliate without human involvement was the last straw that led Snowden to become a whistleblower, he told Wired in an interview.
July 29, 2014 4:01 pm
Google’s newest project aims to create a crowd-sourced picture of human health by collecting anonymous genetic and molecular information from participants.
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