Saturday, February 07, 2015
Encryption is not a big deal. It certainly never rises to the level of an excuse!
Anthem Data Not Encrypted When Stolen (ANTM)
… The company suspects that a stolen employee password was used by the hackers to gain access to the database holding the customers’ records.
… The data that was stolen was reportedly not encrypted when the hackers launched their attack.
A person familiar with the matter said that there is a difficult balance with health insurers on making the information accessible to those that need it and protecting the information from those without access.
Copyright your coffee maker?
Keurig Users Unsurprisingly Reject DRM For Their Coffee
… DRM exists on Keurig 2.0 machines to prevent its users from taking advantage of alternative K-cup brands. Once a cup is inserted, it's scanned for legitimacy, and is either rejected or accepted. The DRM mechanism isn't that effective, though. One of Keurig's competitors, Rogers Family Company, offers anyone a free "Freedom Clip" to bypass the DRM, and get a free "Onecup" sample, as well.
Aren't all prescription drugs “controlled?” In other words, “prescription” is only a bit down the slippery slope from “controlled.”
John Wesley Hall reports on two court rulings out of Texas concerning the same case: United States v. Zadeh. From the court’s opinion in one of the cases:
In this case, it is clear that the information sought by the DEA is relevant to its investigation, but the question is whether the use of an administrative subpoena to obtain the information sought is reasonable. After thoroughly reviewing the case law set forth above, the Court finds the reasoning set forth in Colorado Board of Pharmacy—holding that properly authorized DEA subpoenas of confidential state pharmacy records in a federal investigation of possible CSA violations by three physicians were per se reasonable, and thus, passed Fourth Amendment muster—more persuasive than the analysis in Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. To begin with, as noted by the Court in Acklen, 690 F.2d at 75, the pharmaceutical industry is a “pervasively regulated industry” and “virtually every phase of the drug industry is heavily regulated, from packaging, labeling, and certification of expiration dates.” Jamieson-McKames Pharm., Inc., 651 F.2d at 537. While the cases discussed above mainly dealt with pharmacies and pharmacists, the Court concludes that such analysis can easily be applied to physicians, and in turn, their patients. Both have a reduced expectation of privacy in the medical records regarding controlled substances as such records are relevant to the issue of whether there has been compliance with the CSA, a federal law that regulates controlled substances.
Read more on FourthAmendment.com. It continues to disturb me that as patients, we have (and are we supposed to know we have?) a reduced expectation of privacy in our medical records if they involve controlled substances.
Is it as rare as I think that anyone copies US law?
Monika Kuschewsky writes:
Pursuant to a press release of the German Federal Ministry for Justice and Consumer Protection, the German Government approved a draft law to strengthen the private enforcement of certain data protection law provisions that aim to protect consumers. In particular, the draft law empowers consumers and other qualified associations to send cease-and-desist letters and to initiate legal action for injunctive relief against companies violating the law’s provisions.
Read more on Covington & Burling Inside Privacy.
Russia is willing to “bail them out.” Is anyone else?
Ukraine’s currency just collapsed 50 percent in two days
Ukraine, to use a technical term, is broke. That's what you call a country whose currency has lost half its value in just two days.
The problem is simple: Ukraine has no money and barely any economy. It's already talking to the IMF about a $15 billion bailout and what's euphemistically being called a debt "restructuring"—i.e., default—as its reserves have dwindled down to $6.42 billion, only enough to cover five weeks of imports. (Three months worth is considered the absolute least you can get by with).
Tell me Humor isn't a major.
Hack Education Weekly News
… Via Vox: “A program that provides contraceptives to low-income women contributed to a 40-percent drop in Colorado’s teen birth rate between 2009 and 2013, according to state officials.”
… Also via Vox: “Cursive handwriting is useless, but politicians want students to learn it anyway.”
… The French Parliament has passed a bill banning WiFi in nursery schools.
… The latest Babson Survey Research Group report on online learning is out. Here’s Phil Hill’s write-up. Here’s Inside Higher Ed’s. The tl;dr from The Chronicle of Higher Education: “3 Things Academic Leaders Believe About Online Education.”
… Virtual Preschool. Yes, really.
… Fourth-grader Aiden Stewart has been suspended from school for allegedly possessing Sauron’s One Ring and threatening to use its magical powers to make a classmate disappear. [Huh! Bob]
… The New York Times asks “Is Your First Grader College Ready?”
Pure coincidence: This week's lesson is Data Governance.
The Senate on Thursday afternoon voted to dedicate next week to the awareness of Internet governance.
Tools for “gathering” data, not for plagerizing.
5 Ways to Strip the Formatting When You Copy & Paste Text
Dilbert explains why Marketing is legal.