In this day and age of excessive technological advancement, it is no surprise that there is no escaping the clutches of technology. We are so dependent on technology that we ourselves need technology for our daily chores.
Technology has proved to be a boon and a bane in its own course. It has elevated the status of mankind, bought in numerous medical, social, economical breakthroughs. At the same time it has raged wars and destroyed life, causing greater damage than has been ever done in previous centuries.
If we talk about a few of the recent advancements, our whole life is recorded on national databases through sources such as smart phones, our identity cards, our bills, bank statements, hospital visits etc.
Nathan Cortez, a teacher of law at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law talks about easy to use and everyday applications. According to him, there are applications that can allow individuals with diabetes to monitor their glucose. Other applications that if connected to a pulse sleeve can record and store circulatory strain data. In any case, humans are prone to giving away different bits and trails of information here and there. When we stroll down the road, an application on our smartphone bounces against our thigh. When we swipe a loyalty card at the drug store, even the over-the-counter prescriptions that we purchase get to be bits of information connected to our name. Therapeutic data can be gathered from small sources, scattered here and there and all of this information is being recorded through these applications into unrecognized third party databases.
The problem is that with cyber-crime out on the rise and all your data online, a lot of policies and laws have been made to protect you, but are they protective? The answer to this question was the formation of Health Information Portability and Accountability Act. This act ensures that all the information gained through hospital visits and insurance are kept confidential. But the thing to ponder is that is this act that was created in 1996 still valid today 20 years later.
Unfortunately with so many new budding technological devices and applications created by third party source providing us with greater benefits , we have become accustomed to enlisting all our personal information in these applications. Does the HIPAA provide us with security that is being recorded in these applications? The answer to this is no!
HIPAA covers traditional entities that were there in the 1990s. The new applications are created by strangers that are not covered by the HIPAA and they can use the information entered any time against the user. These applications once downloaded can even extract private details about your life from your smartphone.
Anyhow, our inference would be that with changing times and newer available options the Acts and Laws should be revised and such bills should be passed that will provide us with absolute security against any cyber crime predators.