Yomiuri Shimbun 3/17/02
Prof. released students' grades on Net
Yomiuri Shimbun
A professor of Tenri University in Tenri, Nara Prefecture, listed his 
students' names, grades and attendance records on his Internet site, which 
was accessible to anyone, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Saturday.

Federal Computer Week 3/18/02
Privacy, security sides clash
BY William Matthews
The U.S. government is enjoying "a golden age of surveillance," says Jim 
From financial records to fingerprint data, federal agencies "are choking on
information." And in the name of homeland security, Congress is increasing the
government's ability to gather information. 3/19/02
CIA Web Site Cans Cookies After Report
By Brian McWilliams
A Web site operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Monday 
discontinued marking visitors with a unique identification tag, or "cookie," 
after a non-profit group complained about the practice.

Associated Press 3/19/02
CIA Removes Web Tracking Software
By DAVID HO, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - The CIA (news - web sites) got caught with a hand in the 
Internet cookie jar.
The agency removed tracking software known as a "cookie" from one of its Web 
sites this week after a private group discovered the banned practice, said 
Mike Stepp, who manages the CIA's public Web site.
"It was a mistake on our part. It was not intentional," Stepp said Tuesday. 
"The public does not need to be concerned that the CIA is tracking them. 
We're a bit busy to be doing that."


Washington Times 3/19/02
Legislation cracks down on identity theft
By John Biemer

New York Times 03/19/02
The Place for Public Documents: On File or Online?
Hospitals and insurance companies can readily obtain information about a 
physician's malpractice claims, but in most states the public cannot. But in 
at least 15 states, the Federation of State Medical Boards says, some such 
records are available on official Web sites. Physician groups in most states 
oppose the practice. Gale Scott
discussed the issue with the presidents of two medical societies. These are 
edited excerpts of those interviews.

Toronto Sun 3/21/02
Air Canada violated privacy law, official rules
Carrier shared frequent-flier information
OTTAWA (CP) — The federal privacy commissioner has ruled Air Canada's 
frequent-flier program violated the law by giving personal information to 
outside organizations without consent from Aeroplan members.
In an 11-page letter to Air Canada, released to the public yesterday, Privacy 
Commissioner George Radwanski said his investigation of a complaint from an 
Aeroplan member determined "Air Canada to be in contravention of all 
provisions of the (privacy) act relevant to the complaint."

Associated Press 3/22/02
Bush Seeks to Revise Patient Privacy
Fri Mar 22,12:20 PM ET
By LAURA MECKLER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Doctors and hospitals could disclose private information about 
patients and provide medical services without prior consent under proposed 
Bush administration revisions to Clinton-era patient privacy rules.
Privacy advocates protested that the administration is stripping out a core 
element of the privacy rules. Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), 
D-Mass., promised hearings and legislation to reinstate the mandatory consent 

Associated Press 3/22/02
Democrats angered by Bush administration scraping of patient consent forms in 
By LAURA MECKLER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Democrats balked Friday at the Bush administration's plans to 
roll back part of health privacy rules set to take effect in a year.
At issue is whether patients must sign a consent form before doctors and 
hospitals may disclose private information about their health, even for 
treatment or payment.

HealthScout News 3/220/02
New Health Record Rules May Limit Right to Privacy
By Adam Marcus
HealthScoutNews Reporter 
FRIDAY, March 22 (HealthScoutNews) -- Doctors, health insurers and other 
groups won't need your expressed written permission before sharing your 
private medical information under new rules proposed yesterday by the Bush 
Saying the hoops involved in obtaining prior consent could jeopardize patient 
care, the White House wants to allow sharing of health information so long as 
people are first notified orally or in writing about the disclosure.


New York Times 3/22/02
Bush Acts to Drop Core Privacy Rule on Medical Data
ASHINGTON, March 21 — The Bush administration today proposed dropping a 
requirement at the heart of federal rules that protect the privacy of medical 
records. It said doctors and hospitals should not have to obtain consent from 
patients before using or disclosing medical information for the purpose of 
treatment or reimbursement.

Washington Post 3/22/02
Medical Privacy Changes Proposed
Bush Plan Would Lessen Patients' Say on Records
By Amy Goldstein
The Bush administration yesterday proposed changing some of the federal rules 
designed to protect the confidentiality of Americans' medical records, 
including the ability of
patients to decide in advance who should be able to use their personal health 

AMNews 3/25/02
Panel wants HIPAA privacy loophole closed
Unless changed, the rule will allow marketers to access patients' health 
information without prior authorization.
By Amy Snow Landa, AMNews staff.
Washington -- A federal advisory panel has sided with physician groups 
worried that the medical records privacy rule fails to protect patients from 
commercial entities that would like to use their personal health information 
for marketing activities.
The privacy rule offers patients "inadequate protection in several key areas" 
related to marketing, the panel wrote in a March 1 letter to Health and Human 
Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

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