According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data.------------------------The article doesn't say but I have a big concern. How is it that so many millions of records happened to be consolidated in one place in order to be stolen? Who controls that storehouse of data?Also, the article ends with this little slap in the face: The class action lawsuit against the IRS seeks $25,000 in compensatory damages "per violation per individual" in addition to punitive damages for constitutional violations. Thus, compensatory damages could start at a minimum of $250 billion. And it's us taxpayers who get to fund the payment of the damages. Isn't that precious irony?
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