If you're part of the healthcare industry then you know how serious medical information is. HIPPA is there to remind you, in case you're apt to forget. If you're not working in a hospital, clinic, or insurance company then it can be easy to think that medical information isn't something that concerns you, but the growing alliance of IoT, HR, and employee wellness means that you may well have more health data in your records than you believe.
Companies are collecting data on everything from weight loss and smoking cessation to DNA tests and exercise patterns on their employees and, in some cases, on their customers. All of these are information types that can help build a complete picture of an individual, target the individual for spam or spear-phishing campaigns, or simply be used to harass people based on their personal information.
Even if your company isn't bound by HIPPA, health-based information must be considered exceptionally sensitive and must be protected as such.
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