New Zealand Joins List of Places EU Data Can Be Processed Out-Law.comBusinesses will be able to exchange data with companies and subsidiaries in New Zealand more easily than before because the European Commission has certified that its data protection laws are compatible with those in the European Union. 20 Dec 2012 … Be Prepared: 4 Steps To Better Data Disaster Planning Forbes By: Eric Savitz Failure to properly sanitize and destroy media may result in the loss of confidentiality for an individual or organization’s data. For organizations, this could be considered a breach, subject to state data breach laws, and individuals could be at … 11 Recent Healthcare Data Breaches – Becker’s Hospital Review Becker’s Hospital Review By: Kathleen Roney The following data breaches were reported within the past four months, beginning with the most recent. www.beckershospitalreview.com/…/11-recent-healthcare-data-… FCC Issues Security Guidance to Smartphone Users Australian Techworld The Commission released an…       Read More

We wanted to update you on a recent decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals regarding the proper role of the superior courts on review and the difference between a fictional new injury and a cumulative trauma.   In JMJ Plumbing, et. al. vs. Cudihy, A12A1348, the Court of Appeals was called upon to review the decision of a Superior Court after the Superior Court had reversed an Appellate Division decision overturning an ALJ Award of benefits. The facts showed that the Claimant worked for the Employer as a plumber. On September 2, 2008, while performing a digging task on the job, he felt a sharp pain in his back that radiated into his lower leg. The Claimant never reported the injury to his Employer, and he continued to perform his regular work duties. On June 25, 2009, almost nine months after his September 2, 2008 date of injury, the…       Read More

BYOD, Social Media Among Top Security Threats of 2013eWeekBy: Nathan Eddy The report said allowing workers to use their own mobile devices, be they smartphones, tablets or notebook computers, presents a serious threat to network and data security. Chief security officers (CSOs) are concerned about the theft, loss or leakage … Hollywood Hacker Honed His Skills for YearsFox News Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., is set to be sentenced Monday and could face up to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to nine felony counts, including wiretapping and unauthorized access to a computer, for hacking into email accounts of … UK Police Won’t Charge Hacker Who Infiltrated US Military ComputersCTV News LONDON — British authorities opted Friday not to charge a computer hacker who waged a decade-long struggle to avoid trial in the U.S. for breaking into military computers. Gary McKinnon, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, was…       Read More

On November 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Georgia reversed the Court of Appeals holding in Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. et al. v. McRae. At the trial level, McRae had been directly ordered by the State Board to sign a medical release “expressly authorizing [her treating physician] to meet privately with a representative (or representatives) of the Employer/Insurer and discuss or provide medical information about the Employee’s claim.”  When McRae refused to sign the Board-ordered medical release, her hearing request was removed from the hearing calendar. The appellate division of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and the superior court upheld the Board’s order.  However, a majority of the Court of Appeals reversed, holding that O.C.G.A. § 34-9-207 (a) provides no support for the claim that an employer is entitled to engage in ex parte communications with a treating physician. On appeal, the Supreme Court of Georgia reviewed whether O.C.G.A….       Read More

Almost as difficult as repealing a tax is wresting workers’ compensation from the trial courts in Tennessee.  Undaunted, business groups have relentlessly chipped away at this gargantuan task over the past several years. In response to a 2012 Request for Proposals issued by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, consultants Gregory Krohm and Matthew Bryant answered the call and issued an exhaustive, 135-page report with comprehensive recommendations. The Krohm/Bryant Report highlights Tennessee’s elevated workers’ compensation costs as compared to her neighboring states and considers Tennessee’s overall workers’ compensation/business landscape. The sweeping recommendations, which Krohm/Bryant artfully label as fundamental changes “that will make [Tennessee’s] system a model for its neighboring states”, run the gamut from overhauling the PPD multiplier system; to clarifying the causation standard; to simplifying the Utilization Review process; to establishing an ombudsman program; and to ultimately transforming “the Tennessee system to one of administrative justice.”  With…       Read More

Cyber Security Predictions 2013 BusinessTechGrant Brown, security practices expert at Symantec says that, as organisations and consumers increasingly rely on online platforms to drive interactions with one another, the risk of malicious attacks remains ever-present. The group has highlighted … Grady Hospital Officials Reveal Nine-Month Data Breach With It EMS Patient … Creative Loafing Atlanta By: Max Blau The data breach occurred after an employee of Advanced Data Processing, Inc., a company which handles the hospital’s ambulance billing system, illegally stole thousands of patients’ data nationwide from numerous hospitals, including Grady. According to … Western Connecticut State University Warns 235000 of Potential Data Breach Business Insurance By: Judy Greenwald Experts have said a massive South Carolina Department of revenue data breach that was revealed in October and exposed information on individual and corporate taxpayers will be a wake-up call to public entities across the country that store vast amounts ……       Read More