The HHS Office for Civil Rights on August 14 sent the industry a message on the importance of erasing protected health information on hardware being sold, recycled or returned.

HHS announced that Affinity Health Plan, serving metropolitan New York, has settled allegations of HIPAA violations and will pay a $1,215,780 fine, after a photocopier it previously leased was sold to television network CBS. The CBS Evening News, as part of an investigation, found that the copier had protected health information on the hard drive. Affinity estimated that the breach affected 344,579 individuals.

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