We would venture a bet that many of our readers and information security managers would never believe that anyone ever caught violating a privacy law such as HIPAA would ever be sent to prison. Yet that is exactly what happened to a former UCLA Healthcare System surgeon who illegally read private electronic medical records of celebrities and others.
In an article recently written by Howard Anderson, Managing Editor, and posted on HealthcareInfoSecurity.com., we are told that Huping Zhou of Los Angeles is the first defendant in the nation to receive a prison sentence for a HIPAA privacy violation, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the central district of California.
This would be an interesting article to share at your next company meeting discussing the topics of information systems security, information security policy, personal privacy rights or HIPAA compliance issues. Certainly these privacy laws were written and adopted with the full intent to be enforceable as an effective deterrent.
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