Patient Data Posted Online in Major Breach of Privacy

by jeeg 9. September 2011 22:10
A medical privacy breach led to the public posting on a commercial Web site of data for 20,000 emergency room patients at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., including names and diagnosis codes, the hospital has confirmed. The information stayed online for nearly a year. Since discovering the breach last month, the hospital has been investigating how a detailed spreadsheet made its way from one of its vendors, a billing contractor identified as Multi-Specialty Collection Services, to... [More]

EU high court rules on GMO contamination; opens door to biotech liability

by jeeg 8. September 2011 22:37
On Sept. 6, the European Union’s top court paved the way for farmers and beekeepers to recoup losses when their crops or honey become genetically contaminated from neighboring GM fields. The European Court of Justice ruled that all food products containing GMOs – whether intentional or not – must undergo an approval process. This marks a much stricter view than that being pushed by European Union Commissioner for health and consumer affairs, John Dalli, &... [More]

Council for Responsible Genetics Applauds California for Enacting Landmark Genetic Nondiscrimination Law

by jeeg 7. September 2011 22:33
The Council for Responsible Genetics applauds Governor Brown for signing and Senator Alex Padilla for championing SB 559, the California Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (CalGINA); historic legislation that sets clear limitations on the use of personal genetic information in a variety of contexts unforeseen just a short time ago, including housing, education, life insurance, mortgage lending and elections.   This new law ensures that the genetic information of all Californ... [More]
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