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Kirk Nahra Discusses Social Media’s Role in Leaked Medical Records

Modern Healthcare 
August 9, 2016

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in an August 8 Modern Healthcare article regarding Twitter’s role in the recent posting of hacked medical records and whether or not the site should be held responsible. According the article, social media platforms have not historically faced punishment for hosting breached information.

Mr. Nahra, who could not recall a similar occurrence where hackers exposed patient data through social media, did warn against companies using clouds to store information, which leads to more vulnerable data. “We’ve seen a bunch of those cases where they were using stuff for convenience and didn't think of the security implications,” Mr. Nahra said, “All of these technological opportunities to make things easier (and) often more effective, carry with them risks.”

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