Physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), whose theoretical work helped lay groundwork for the creation of the atomic bomb, famously worried about the potential for science and technology to be misused in ways catastrophic to the future of humanity.
HIV status of thousands revealed on envelopes mailed by insurer.
(Below as an example from Legal Action Center)https://t.co/Z1Zkle47Rf pic.twitter.com/l T0Ev0z9SH — joe rojas-burke (@rojasburke) August 24, 2017 In their letter, the groups said the breach caused “incalculable harm” and suggested several of the affected individuals had already filed complaints with the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights or other state authorities.
A 2009 law requires companies that are covered by federal health privacy laws, like plans, providers, and their vendors, to report data breaches that affect more than 500 individuals.
That database showed some 30 such breaches in July alone, though the tool does not detail the kind of information that was disclosed.
She added that while Legal Action Center has handled numerous cases of privacy violations from health care providers, she could not recall any case involving an insurer.
Plans across the country suffer privacy breaches, as do providers.
Einstein’s forebodings about scientific advancement devoid of human values would appear to lend credence to another reflection — or perhaps it’s more of a prophecy — ;which is usually phrased something like this: web site concocted an entire feature around it in 2015, for example).
The message isn’t subtle: Einstein was right; that day is here — behold the generation of idiots!
“I believe that the abominable deterioration of ethical standards stems primarily from the mechanization and depersonalization of our lives,” he wrote in a letter to his friend, psychiatrist Otto Juliusburger, in 1948, “a disastrous byproduct of science and technology. ” Einstein was particularly concerned about the destructive power of nuclear weapons, which he had urged President Franklin Roosevelt to develop before the Nazis did during World War II, but which he feared would lay waste to the earth.
In a letter co-written with philosopher Bertrand Russell in 1955, Einstein urged world leaders to abandon war and seek peaceful means of resolving international conflicts instead: There lies before us, if we choose, continued progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom.
Aetna said the mailings went to approximately 12,000 people but that it was unclear how many of the envelope windows would have shown personal health information.