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8/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

Wikimedia's impassioned argument against Europe's "right to be forgotten" law has generated some head-scratching. "I don't think they understand the privacy issues involved," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. "No one is...
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8/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

“Consumers Win,” shouted the subject line of the e-mail that rushed into reporters’ inboxes soon after the news emerged that Sprint Corp. (S:US) was abandoning its bid for T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS:US) Combining the third- and fourth-biggest U.S. mobile-...
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8/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross say they will initially fund an index designed to hold as many people’s health records as possible. They hope other insurers will join in. Privacy issues are raised. The medical records of millions of Californians...
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8/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

CHICAGO — State officials announced Tuesday that Illinois is giving the public online access for the first time to forms filed by insurers when they set the rates they'll charge, a move that consumer advocates called a step in the right direction. "We...
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8/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

A coalition of advocacy groups are reiterating their call for a privacy “bill of rights” that would limit marketers' ability to collect or use data about individuals. “Industry self-regulation is not enough, and has failed to inform or protect...
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8/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

CARLSBAD, Calif. - A woman called Team 10 after fighting for months to get repaid thousands of dollars by her insurance company.  Laura Schove of Carlsbad said she paid out-of-pocket for a procedure to help her continue to walk and function because she was...
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8/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

Google helped nail an alleged child pornographer, and though he's innocent until proven guilty, the case for the prosecution looks quite strong. The nature of the crime makes it difficult for privacy advocates to object strenuously to Google's methods, but...
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8/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

LOS ANGELES — At a time when random drug testing is part of the job for pilots, train operators, police officers and firefighters — to name a few — one high-profile line of work has managed to remain exempt: doctors. That may be about to change....
News Story
8/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

On Thursday, Covered California officials announced that the average premium for health plans offered on the exchange will increase an average of 4.2% for the coming year, the Sacramento Bee reports (Cadelago, Sacramento Bee, 7/31). Covered California is the state'...
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8/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

-Negotiations with healthcare providers yield a modest 4.2% increase in Covered California rates for 2015 - We have changed the trend in healthcare costs,' says Covered California head -2015 Obamacare rates for Californians will rise 4.2% on average Defying an...