January 1, 2014 |
The University of Pennsylvania Health System revealed Monday that some patients' privacy was accidentally breached because of misprinted bills. One of Penn's billing vendors, RevSpring of Wixom, Mich., had a malfunction in its printing operation. As a result, some patients received bills containing both their own correct information and an unrelated patient's information on the reverse side of the statement. The inadvertent information included the unrelated patient's name, physician, types of services and tests, and amount owed.
September 6, 2013 |
Sometimes, it hits you after you've openly posted comments about a product or a politician. Other times, it strikes you after an online transaction, such as buying an airline or concert ticket, or a Web search about a disease or a dance step. Twerking fans, you know who you are. Every day, those of us who live increasingly online are adding to a digital footprint others can access. And a study due out Thursday from the Pew Research Center suggests that many of us are increasingly wary of that prospect and are trying to regain a measure of control.
August 29, 2013 |
FOR A MOVIE STAR, Eric Bana is largely a private person, living away from the Hollywood spotlight with his wife and two children in his native Australia. So, although he works frequently ("Black Hawk Down," "Hulk," "Munich," "Star Trek," etc.), he does not choose his projects lightly. A simple studio meeting means a 19-hour flight each way. Finding the right projects, therefore, often depends on timing and luck as much as talent, and that's how Bana ended up starring in "Closed Circuit," a movie about, among many things, privacy.
July 16, 2013 |
REGULAR READERS of this column know that Tattle is no fan of the "faux reality" TV empire built on the breasts and buttocks of Kim Kardashian and her whiny, overindulged family. But no matter how much attention she craves, no one except her doctors should have access to her medical records. So it's encouraging that hospital-to-the-stars Cedars-Sinai has reportedly fired half-a-dozen employees, according to the Los Angeles Times , for hacking patient records, including those of North 's mama.
July 11, 2013 |
LONDON - Outside the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, the global media hordes on Royal Baby Watch have marked their turf with duct tape and stepladders. But starved for material in a world where Mother Nature and Buckingham Palace are the last two holdouts from the 24-hour news cycle, loitering reporters trying to set a tone of breathless anticipation have resorted to interviewing each other. Perhaps nothing could be more appropriate. As Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, prepare to carve out a new life for their budding family in the glare of the spotlight, the press is poised to be a major part of the story.
July 1, 2013
D EAR ABBY: When we married, we both drank and smoked. My husband quit smoking five years ago, and I have continued to smoke off and on. If he catches me with a cigarette it becomes an argument, and it's either I quit or we're done! I love my husband, but I don't see the big deal if I smoke a cigarette. He sometimes makes me feel like a teenager hiding it from my parents! Any advice? - Closet Smoker in Wisconsin DEAR SMOKER: Surely you know that smoking isn't good for you, and it upsets your husband because he loves you. This is less about a contest of wills than the fact that you are addicted to nicotine and can't stop using.
June 19, 2013
I SPENT SEVERAL days reading everything I could on the National Security Agency collecting phone records (not listening to calls, we think ), the Prism program plucking emails from servers (but only from overseas sources, we think ) and the noble or ignoble efforts of gender-confused Pfc. Manning Bradley and high-school dropout Edward Snowden to safeguard American rights ( we think ). I asked a lot of people what they thought - left, right, middle of the road - because privacy vs. security is a paramount issue of the day. It goes to how we define ourselves, how far we are willing to go to protect ourselves against our most dangerous enemy - radical Islam and the sharia-loving jihadis it spawns, foreign and domestic.
May 13, 2013 |
CLEVELAND - The three women rescued from a house a decade after they disappeared asked for privacy Sunday, saying through an attorney that while they are grateful for overwhelming support, they also need time to heal. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight remain in seclusion, releasing their first statements since they were found May 6. They thanked law enforcement and said they were grateful for the support of family and the community. "I am so happy to be home, and I want to thank everybody for all your prayers," DeJesus said in a statement read by an attorney.
May 6, 2013 |
Dozens of silent watchers, working for corporations that want to learn about you so they can sell you things, track you when you go online. Why does America tolerate all that spying? "Consumers are concerned about their privacy and about being tracked online. But the commission recognizes that a lot of content is advertising-supported, and advertising is tracking-supported," says Peder Magee, a senior staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission who specializes in "behavioral advertising" policy.
April 14, 2013 |
Architecture students at Philadelphia University confronted an unusual challenge when they created a living environment for residents at the Women of Change shelter in Philadelphia. The shelter, for women with mental illness who are chronically homeless, is meant as transitional housing. The students had to solve this puzzle: How to create beds and a living area that were comfortable and provided some privacy, without making them too comfortable or too private - the shelter should not be so nice that residents never want to leave.