HIPPA data is often encrypted when placed on tape or transported across systems, but that's because such activities may involve the data being visible to unauthorized people. As examples of each:
- If two physically separate sites exchange HIPPA data across the open Internet, the data must be encrypted during transport. This might be done by VPN, sftp, whatever. As long as the bits on the wire can't be read by the ISPs managing the connection, it's OK.
- For tapes that you archive off-site, you don't want your external storage facility to be able to read the tapes, nor have the data readable if the tape is misplaced in transport.
IMHO wise use of sensitive data on laptops requires encryption at the filesystem level. It's neither difficult or time-consuming, but given how much sensitive data has been exposed via folks losing or misusing laptops, it ought to be a no-brainer. Sadly, too few places bother.
What part of the summary "I asked the hotel staff if there were any limitations for using the suite. They said the only limitations were how many people were at our parties. They didn't say there were any limitations on displaying product" was unclear? It was OK with hotel management.
I agree these guys got blindsided by whoever they spoke to. But time and again I've seen cases where the guest says "your guy said it was OK" (and actually had it in writing) and the hotel manager said (politely) "I'm sorry, but he was wrong" and held up the regulation (local, state, hotel-specific, whatever). If the guy was lucky enough to get it in writing, the hotel typically offers something back on the room or does their best to accommodate. Good places do that. Bad places don't. But as long as the hotel has written policy on its side (and I'll betcha the Vegas hotels do, in this case), the guest will ultimately lose.
College student Cynthia Moreno posted the "Ode to Coalinga," her hometown, in her MySpace journal. The "Ode" was extremely critical of Coalinga and its inhabitants. Apparently Moreno thought better of having posted it, and she deleted it six days later. But not before the principal of the local high school, Roger Campbell, gave the Ode to his friend Pamela Pond, the editor of the local newspaper, the Coalinga Record. Pond published the Ode as a letter to the editor . . . What's more -- this part of the story is related only in Moreno's brief to the court and not in the opinion -- Moreno learned that Campbell had given the Ode to Pond before it was actually published, and she contacted Pond to ask her not to print it. According to Moreno, Pond said she would not publish it, but then changed her mind and did so.
And it's not like there hasn't been fallout:
According to one online source, Moreno and her family are not the only ones who suffered consequences from the publication of the Ode. Pond was dismissed from the newspaper.
Other good information in the article. Not that anyone will read it....