You Aren’t the Only One Who Knows What Meds You’re On

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You Aren’t the Only One Who Knows What Meds You’re On

You Aren’t the Only One Who Knows What Meds You’re On

Most people expect their medical data to remain in just a few hands — their doctor, their pharmacist, their family, etc. — but prescription medication data can be shared with a number of companies you may not expect. Consumer Reports reminded readers last week that prescription drug data can be shared not only with your pharmacist,... Read More

The 3 Types of Your Health Data That Aren’t Private

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The 3 Types of Your Health Data That Aren’t Private

The 3 Types of Your Health Data That Aren’t Private

Measuring and managing your health is more do-it-yourself than ever, but health privacy law hasn’t caught up to the technology. That’s the subject of an investigative series from ProPublica, and the newest installment looks at everyday medical and fitness tools that aren’t legally bound to keep your information private. The story recounts the experience of... Read More

What Are the Data Breach Notification Laws in Your State?

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What Are the Data Breach Notification Laws in Your State?

What Are the Data Breach Notification Laws in Your State?

As prospects of passing consumer-privacy legislation in Congress remain bleak, state lawmakers are picking up the ball and running with it. At least 32 states have data-breach notification laws on the docket this legislative session, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most of those bills are tightening and expanding existing laws. “As we’ve seen now... Read More

More Americans Live Under Cloud of ‘Data Uncertainty’

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More Americans Live Under Cloud of ‘Data Uncertainty’

More Americans Live Under Cloud of ‘Data Uncertainty’

From government surveillance and behavior-based advertising, to social media and search-engine tracking, there are plenty of ways for Americans to lose their privacy online. With such a long trail of digital crumbs that online users leave behind, are they even worried anymore about losing privacy, or is that par for the course in the digital... Read More

Could Smart Homes Compromise Your Privacy?

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Could Smart Homes Compromise Your Privacy?

Could Smart Homes Compromise Your Privacy?

Imagine the home of the future. While these smart homes may not be connected to transportation pods like in “The Jetsons” or have pizza hydrators like in “Back to the Future Part II,” one thing’s for sure: Abodes will be increasingly high-tech, relying on the Internet to function. The enhanced connectivity in smart homes could... Read More

4 Ways to Make Your Gmail Safer in 2015

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4 Ways to Make Your Gmail Safer in 2015

4 Ways to Make Your Gmail Safer in 2015

Gmail has been the largest email provider in the world since 2012, when its number of active users reportedly surpassed that of Hotmail. Given that it serves as the core of more than 425 million Internet users’ online presence, Gmail is also incredibly valuable (that 425 million is the 2012 estimate — Gmail doesn’t release market data). If... Read More

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