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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Governor Arnie no wimp on health privacy

While Australian policy makers consider the ALRC recommendations for improving privacy protection, Internet Business Law Services reports that new laws in California, with effect from January 2009, will provide for fines from $25,000 to $250,000 on health facilities and individuals for every time they inappropriately obtain, use or disclose medical information.Other fines apply where data security violations put a patient at immediate risk of injury or death and up to $250,000 for a failure to report breaches to authorities.The moves follow a number of high profile instances of unauthorised "peeking" by staff at celebrity health details, including those of Governor Schwarzenegger's wife.

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