Daily Digest (5/12)

Twitter Putting Labels, Warnings on Misleading Pandemic Information; US Marshals Service Notifying 387,000 Inmates of Data Breach; NYC Hospital Probing Nurse for Possible HIPPA Violations During COVID; Click “Continue Reading” below.

Twitter Putting Labels, Warnings on Misleading Pandemic Information

Twitter Inc. said Monday that it would add labels and warning messages on some tweets containing disputed or misleading information about COVID-19.

Twitter’s new labels will provide links to more information in cases where the risk of harm from the tweet is not severe enough to be removed but people could be confused or misled, Reuters reports.

The company said in a blog post that, depending on the propensity for harm and type of misleading information in a tweet, warnings might also be added to say the tweet conflicted with guidance from public-health experts before a user saw it.

Twitter said its labels would link to a company-curated page or external trusted source containing additional information.

Source (external link): Twitter launches labels, warnings on misleading COVID-19 information

US Marshals Service Notifying 387,000 Inmates of Data Breach

The U.S. Marshals Service is notifying more than 387,000 inmates that their personal data may have been stolen in a December breach.

The Justice Department’s Security Operations Center discovered the breach on Dec. 30 on a public-facing USMS server containing the data, ZDNet reports.

The information on current and former prisoners included in the breach were names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and home addresses.

Authorities do not know exactly how many have been affected.

“A new cybersecurity monitoring tool alerted the Justice Security Operations Center to an attempted attack on a USMS system called DSNet, a system designed to facilitate the movement and housing of USMS prisoners with the federal courts, Bureau of Prisons and within the agency,” a Marshals Service spokesperson told ZDNet.

Source (external link): US Marshals Service exposed prisoner details in security breach

NYC Hospital Probing Nurse for Possible HIPPA Violations During COVID

A New York City emergency room nurse is under investigation by her hospital for sharing footage with The Intercept of her and her colleagues discussing care for patients dying from coronavirus while facing shortages of protective equipment other supplies.

The nurse could face discipline and temporary suspension over an alleged HIPAA violation.

The Intercept published a video on April 21 that featured footage provided by Lillian Udell, who works at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, the busiest emergency department in New York City, even before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the website.

Two of Udell’s colleagues spoke about Freda Ocran, 50, a former head nurse at Jacobi Medical Center’s psychiatric unit, who died of coronavirus at Lincoln on March 28.

“If we had the government behind us, to provide us the resources that we need, I think Ms. Ocran would probably still be alive,” one nurse said in the video, which then was followed by footage from a CBS segment on Ocran.

Stephanie M. Guzmán, a spokesperson for the hospital system, declined to answer questions about Udell’s case, saying in a statement that “patient privacy and confidentiality is a top priority and we have zero tolerance for any member of our workforce who violates that trust.

“We cannot comment further on this individual case.”

Source (external link): NYC Hospital Investigates Nurse for Sharing Video With The Intercept

— By DPN Staff