In March 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services announced resolution agreements with North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota and The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research over potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
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On October 23, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, in large part, upheld Target’s assertion of the attorney-client privilege and work-product protections for information associated with a privileged, internal investigation of Target’s 2013 data breach.
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On August 1, 2013, a federal district court in Minnesota denied a criminal defendant’s motion to suppress evidence, holding that the defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in computer files he had shared on a peer-to-peer network.
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On July 31, 2012, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced a $2.5 million settlement with Accretive Health, Inc. for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations, and various Minnesota debt collection and consumer protection laws.
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On June 7, 2012, at the annual Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security Conference in Washington, D.C., OCR Director Leon Rodriguez indicated that tolerance for HIPAA non-compliance is “much, much lower” than it has been in the past, and that the final omnibus rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules is “very close.”
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On January 19, 2012, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced a lawsuit against Accretive Health, Inc., alleging that the debt collection company failed to adequately safeguard patients’ protected health information and violated HIPAA, the Minnesota Health Records Act, Minnesota’s debt collection statutes and Minnesota’s consumer protection laws.
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