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Popular health websites are sharing private, personal medical data with big tech companies, according to an investigation
13 November 2019, MIT Technology Review
The data, including medical diagnoses, symptoms, prescriptions, and menstrual and fertility information, are being sold to companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Oracle and smaller data brokers…Read more >>>
Google has signed a deal with Ascension, the second-largest hospital system in the US, to collect and analyze millions of Americans’ personal health data
12 November 2019, MIT Technology Review
Eventually, data from all of the company’s patients (birth dates, lab results, diagnoses, and hospitalization records, for example) could be uploaded to Google’s cloud computing systems…Read more >>>
Researchers at the University of Washington have found that GEDmatch is vulnerable to multiple kinds of security risks. An adversary can use only a small number of comparisons to extract someone’s sensitive genetic markers.
29 Octobre 2019, University of Washington
“People think of genetic data as being personal — and it is. It’s literally part of their physical identity,” said lead author Peter Ney, a postdoctoral researcher in the UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. “This makes the privacy of genetic data particularly important…Read more >>>
Though identifying data typically are removed from medical image files before they are shared for research, a Mayo Clinic study finds that this may not be enough to protect patient privacy.
23 Octobre 2019, News Wise
“At Mayo Clinic, we take patient privacy as a core value,” … “We are studying potential gaps in deidentification as we seek ways to improve these techniques.”…Read more >>>
Using genetic data from over 100,000 individuals, it is now possible to do everything from finding genetic predictors of disease to tracking murderers
25 September 2019, Massive Science
Humans have an inherent social drive, and in this age of social media, we are more connected than ever. However, by constructing the world’s largest family tree comprising 125 million people…Read more >>>
The Open Privacy Research Society has discovered that the sensitive medical information of patients being admitted to certain hospitals across the Greater Vancouver Area is being broadcast, unencrypted, by hospital paging systems
9 September 2019, Open Privacy Research Society
The data being broadcast includes the patients name, age, gender marker, diagnosis, their attending doctor and room number…Read more >>>
In today’s world of big data, marketing, and “big brother”, everyone wants a snippet of your data.
11 August 2019, Forbes
But it doesn’t get much more personal than your genome – the blueprint of you. Could you ever trust a company with this ultimate form of personal data?…Read more >>>
Protenus Breach Barometer shows healthcare data breaches have already doubled this year from the total 15M breached in 2018 – with hacking incidents breaching the most patient records.
1 August 2019, HealthITSecurity.com
More than 31 million patient records have already been breached in the first half of 2019, with hacking causing the majority…Read more >>>
Your genome and your privacy.
9 August 2019, weform.com
Spit in the tube, seal up the envelope, wait […] for less than $200. […] But in an uncertain regulatory environment with lax privacy standards, you might want to double-check the true price before letting your curiosity get the best of you….Read more >>>
Genealogy reports left exposed by Vitagene included customers’ full names alongside dates of birth and gene-based health information. Above, a stylized illustration of DNA.
9 July 2019, Los Angeles Times
DNA testing service Vitagene Inc. left thousands of client health reports exposed online for years, the kind of incident that privacy advocates have warned about…Read more >>>