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Argentina court decision clarifies the concept of sensitive data

The Federal Court of Appeals on Civil and Commercial Matters has expanded the country’s already robust data protections by ruling that the context in which data is gathered and processed matters when determining if it should be considered sensitive data.

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The Guardian view on Grindr and data protection: don’t trade our privacy

The idea that people’s HIV status and physical location should be used by advertisers is unsurprising in the tech world and horrifying outside it. Outrage at this is justified.

Whether the users were at fault for excessive trust, or lack of imagination, or even whether they were at fault at all for submitting information that would let their potential partners make a better informed choice, as liberal ethics would demand, the next thing to scrutinise is the role of the company itself.

Source: The Guardian view on Grindr and data protection: don’t trade our privacy | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Putting patient data on phones introduces new privacy and security concerns

The recent push from both Apple and the CMS to give patients more control of their own health data stands to boost patient engagement, which most in the industry consider a good thing. But moving data outside of the relatively safe confines of an electronic health record adds another layer of risk and vulnerability.

As more parties gain access to the data, more avenues for breaches open up, potentially jeopardizing not just information security but also patient privacy. Bad actors can now target not only EHR systems but also patients’ phones, where health data reside.

Source: Putting patient data on phones introduces new privacy and security concerns – Modern Healthcare

Michigan genomic research lab protects data with de-identifier, multilayer platform

The ability to share massive amounts of anonymized human genomic data between accredited hospitals and medical centers is a tremendously important advancement in medicine. However, this genetic treasure trove unleashes a slew of concerns, including the potential for bad actors to hack databases.

Source: Michigan genomic research lab protects data with de-identifier, multilayer platform | Healthcare IT News

The Pregnancy Panopticon

There are a staggering number of applications for Android and iOS which claim to help people keep track of their monthly cycle, know when they may be fertile, or track the status of their pregnancy. These apps entice the user to input the most intimate details of their lives, such as their mood, sexual activity, physical activity, physical symptoms, height, weight, and more. But how private are these apps, and how secure are they in fact?

Source: The Pregnancy Panopticon | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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