Toronto Star 11/20/02
Privacy commissioner takes Bell to task Phone company used client files as
paper, report says Official says firm has since tightened security procedures
MONTREAL—Bell Canada has failed to protect its clients' personal information
and even used printouts of client files as scrap paper, Le Journal de
Montreal reported yesterday.
CNET News 11/22/02
Identity thieves strike eBay
By Paul Festa
update When Deborah Fraser's credit card number was stolen, the thief didn't
use it to buy a new car or a high-end laptop. Instead, the number was used to
buy something potentially much more valuable--a domain name with the word
"ebay" in it.
In Fraser's case, that was the domain name "change-ebay.com," a scam Web site
where an unknown number of eBay users may have been tricked into handing over
their eBay username and password.
Health-care companies rush to comply with HIPAA
By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, InformationWeek.
The April deadline for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act's privacy regulations is only five months away.
While the privacy regulations are less technology-oriented than HIPAA's
requirements for electronic transactions and security, those rules will
require doctors, hospitals, and other providers to build new processes as
part of their technology infrastructures that will let them continue sharing
patients' medical information with other caregivers while protecting their
New York Times 11/26/02
Identity Ring Said to Victimize 30,000
By BENJAMIN WEISER
An identity-theft ring that relied on a low-level employee of a Long Island
software company stole the credit histories of more than 30,000 people and
used them to empty bank accounts, take out false loans and run up charges on
credit cards, among other crimes, federal authorities in Manhattan said
This is believed to be the largest-ever identity-theft case in the nation,
officials said yesterday, in terms of the number of victims, the type of
personal information about them that was stolen and the losses — at least $2.7
million and likely to climb much higher. The authorities were still trying to
determine how many of the 30,000 victims suffered financial losses.
Confidentiality Compromised: A News 3 Investigation
Darcy Spears Reporting
It's becoming an all too familiar story...your confidentiality being
by a medical institution. News 3 'Investigator' Darcy Spears reports what can
happen when your medical records fall into the wrong hands. Everything an
identity thief needs to know about you is written in your medical records:
name, address, birth date, and Social Security number. It's a neat little
package that could ruin your life if it falls into the wrong hands, and we
even at the county hospital, you can't trust the very people you expect to
protect your privacy.
Identity theft survival guide
It's nasty, it's on the rise, and it could happen to you.
November 26, 2002: 5:45 PM EST
By Annelena Lobb, CNN/Money Staff Writer
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - If you think identity theft affects an
unlucky few, think again. The Feds have just cracked the largest
identity theft case known to date. 30,000 victims have been
defrauded to the tune of $2.7 million -- and that's just an estimate of
New York Times 11/27/02
Identity-Theft Case Exposes Threat of Rogue Insiders
Toronto Star 11/27/02
Doctors'records stolen in credit scam
A leading financial services company serving 50,000 Canadian doctors says its
confidential records may have been abused in a massive credit scam.
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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