May 20, 2013 2:05 pm
Vast databases of patient and doctor information are being used by pharmaceutical companies to market drugs. The information allows drug makers to know which drugs a doctor is prescribing and how that compares to others.
March 22, 2013 5:25 pm
A Missouri college’s comprehensive drug-testing plan for students will stay on hold after a federal judge extended a temporary restraining order.
March 20, 2013 12:26 pm
CVS Caremark has put its employees on notice that they need to reveal their weight or pay a monthly $50 penalty.
March 13, 2013 2:18 pm
Just days after news broke that Harvard administrators had secretly searched the email accounts of 16 resident deans, professors said the University may have overstepped its bound, calling its own policies into question.
January 30, 2013 4:28 pm
The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation to require mental health professionals to report patients who make verbal or physical threats of suicide or serious violence. Dr. Paul Appelbaum, past president of the American Psychiatric Association, said such efforts strip away the discretion of mental health professionals to decide the best course of action after hearing a troubling statement from a patient.
January 30, 2013 3:19 pm
Using public websites, a team has uncovered the names of supposedly anonymous people who had their DNA analyzed for research purposes. ‘Nobody can promise privacy,’ one expert says.
January 24, 2013 1:13 pm
The Transportation Security Administration says the scanners that used a low-dose X-ray will be gone by June because the company that makes them can’t fix the privacy issues. The other airport body scanners, which produce a generic outline instead of a naked image, are staying.
January 23, 2013 4:55 pm
Addressing 15 years of digital advances in health record information, the Department of Health and Human Services released stronger rules and protections governing patient privacy last week. The long-awaited rules enhance the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which governs health records and patient information.
January 18, 2013 11:33 am
A public school district in Texas can require students to wear locator chips when they are on school property, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday in a case raising technology-driven privacy concerns among liberal and conservative groups alike.
January 18, 2013 11:30 am
Genetic information stored anonymously in databases doesn’t always stay that way, a new study revealed, raising concern about how much privacy participants in research projects can expect in the Internet era.