HOW DOES HIPAA PROTECT PATIENT PRIVACY?

How does HIPAA protect patient privacy? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996.  HIPAA is a privacy rule and limits what healthcare providers may share with others about a patient's care, diagnosis and personal identifying information.  HIPAA also gives patients the right to obtain their medical records and the right to authorize others [...]

BACK TO SCHOOL MEANS TIME TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION

FTC Advises Parents How to Protect Kids' Personal Information at School We represent represent the victims of identity theft.  Like adults, children are at risk for identity theft.  Its back to school time and our children’s personal information is harvested and hopefully kept safe.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released two new publications about protecting [...]

ID THEFT NEWS: WEEKLY UPDATE

We represent victims of identity theft across the country. Identity theft is an epidemic, especially in the South. Few identity thieves are arrested and convicted. What can consumers do to protect their credit reports and their reputation? Federal law provides identity theft victims with rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Under federal law, identity [...]

ID THEFT NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE

We represent victims of identity theft across the country.  Identity theft is an epidemic, especially in the South.  Few identity thieves are arrested and convicted.  What can consumers do do protect their credit reports? Federal law provides identity theft victims with rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Under federal law, identity theft victims have a [...]

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IDENTITY THEFT CONFERENCE

The Center for Identity Theft at the University of Texas recently held a conference on identity theft.  Over 10 million consumers a year become victims of identity theft.  Children are also at risk for identity theft.  An estimated 1 million children become identity theft victims every year.  From the cradle to the grave – studies [...]

TAX FRAUD – IDENTITY THEFT VICTIM DISCOVERS THEFT WHEN FILING TAX RETURN

TAX FRAUD - IDENTITY THIEVES ARE STEALING TAX REFUNDS Identity thieves are stealing tax refunds.  The IRS has identified tax fraud as a serious and fast growing problem.  The latest identity theft victim, Mike Bucalo of Ohio, had his Social Security number stolen.  The identity thieves filed a fraudulent tax return and directed the refund to a [...]

IDENTITY THEFT IN THE NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America.  ID theft victims experience stress and anxiety, but they also experience credit, housing and job denials because of incorrect information on their credit or background reports.  We represent ID theft victims all over the country in federal court under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The [...]

REGIONS BANK 401K PARTICIPANTS AT RISK FOR ID THEFT – ERNST & YOUNG LOSES JUMP DRIVE

Current and former employees of Regions Bank are being mailed data loss notification letters concerning a recent data loss.  According to the data loss notification letters from Regions Bank and Ernst & Young, a jump drive containing Regions' 401K participants' personal identifying information was lost in the mail.  The jump drive was purportedly encrypted, but [...]

WHAT IS A SKIMMER?

What is a skimmer?  Skimming devices are used by identity thieves to steal credit or debit card personal identifying information (PII).  Identity theft from skimmers is becoming a major problem for consumers.  Skimmers can be installed easily and quickly on ATM machines.  Handheld skimmers can also be used to record restaurant patrons' credit or debit [...]