New Data Spill Shows Risk of Online Health Records

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An eye-opening Associated Press article suggests that even the most well-designed online medical systems are not safe. Several experts point out that “the human element is the weakest link” when it comes to having our Social Security numbers and medical histories online. The article interviews those who have been affected by medical data breaches and now worry that hackers may have spotted their information online and tagged them for future financial scams. One of the victims in the AP article here says the prospect of all health records going electronic — which federal law mandates should happen by 2014 — “scares the living hell out of me.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.