(CNN)The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that roughly 46,000 veterans had their personal information, including Social Security numbers, exposed in a data breach in which "unauthorized users" gained access to an online application used for making health care payments.
The boy’s mother, Courtney Lancaster Sperry, a Navy veteran, is warning other parents about a lack of privacy during virtual classes after her son was targeted by a teacher who saw what she thought was a scary-looking gun hanging on the wall of the boy’s bedroom.
Hackers have gained access to sensitive data from at least five law firms in the past four months, releasing stolen data that includes pain diary entries from veterans’ personal injury cases, Emsisoft, a cybersecurity and anti-malware company, told Military Times.
Thanks to the VA MISSION Act, VA will now automatically enroll, or opt-in, all veterans into a health information sharing system with numerous government agencies and private organizations after September 30, 2019, unless you object in writing on a paper form.
For example, Torous said, mental health apps developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs clearly say that user data isn’t transmitted elsewhere. “Certainly if you’re sharing a lot of information about your mental health, and the app is not actually helping you, why put yourself at risk?” Torous said.
“It's about searching for the answers and triggering accountability.”— David Carroll Carroll’s team hope the High Court judge will fire the administrator and pass the case to government receivers who would then appoint a new administrator willing to investigate legal breaches at Cambridge Analytica and five other interrelated companies.
On Tuesday, Facebook acknowledged that it had hired three veteran privacy law activists, including Nate Cardozo , an attorney formerly of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who has been very publicly critical of the company in recent years.