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  • UCSD has not told women with HIV of data breach, despite researchers' pleas

    University of California San Diego officials stonewalled attempts to notify women in an HIV research study that their confidential data was breached more than seven months ago, an inewsource investigation has found. UCSD researchers conducting the EmPower Women study told university officials in October that participants’ names, audio-taped conversations and other sensitive materials were made accessible to everyone working at Christie’s Place, a San Diego nonprofit supporting women with HIV and AIDS.

    15 May 2019 | inewsource
  • China's Kunlun Tech agrees to U.S. demand to sell Grindr gay dating app

    Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd said on Monday it had agreed to a request by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to sell popular gay dating app Grindr, setting a June 2020 deadline to do so.

    14 May 2019 | Reuters
  • Confidentiality breaches, stigma and a lack of time are stopping men in Côte d’Ivoire from getting tested and treated for HIV

    Interviews with men in Côte d’Ivoire reveal radical differences in the perceptions of those who do and don’t access care. Research, published in PLOS ONE, found many of the worries of men out of care are not reflected in the experiences of those with regular contact with services. Men’s perceptions were linked with their level of engagement with HIV care, with men who have regular contact with HIV testing and treatment services displaying more positive attitudes than those with little or no contact with such services. The paper can be seen at https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0211385

    24 April 2019 | AVERT
  • ‘Demeaning’ to portray counsellor as HIV-positive sex worker – Kenyan court

    Though the world is moving towards de-stigmatising HIV/AIDS, it is still not difficult to imagine a court awarding damages to someone who is publicly – but either without their permission or else incorrectly – said to be living with the condition.

    11 April 2019 | Legal Brief
  • Inside Grindr, fears that China wanted to access user data via HIV research

    Just a few months after a Chinese gaming company acquired Grindr, a gay dating app, employees of the app learned that the Trump administration was investigating the deal over national security concerns, according to two people familiar with the company. There were worries that China could harvest potentially embarrassing or sensitive private data from the app for espionage purposes. For example, China might be able to find out the HIV status of U.S. military or security personnel who use Grindr.

    05 April 2019 | NBC News
  • “I have HIV, now what?” Tracking cookies found on NHS advice pages

    Invasive tracking technology been covertly installed on more than a dozen NHS landing pages about sensitive medical conditions, new research has revealed.

    20 March 2019 | New Statesman
  • CDC Explains and Defends Molecular Surveillance System

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used part of a plenary session at the March 4-7 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle to explain and defend the agency's molecular surveillance program. The presentation was given by Alexandra Oster, M.D., a medical epidemiologist who has worked on this research for the CDC for over ten years. Oster began her presentation by arguing that cluster detection and response can help bring the nation closer to ending the HIV epidemic by allowing us to identify when HIV is being transmitted rapidly, and when public health can step in to stop transmission.

    19 March 2019 | The Body
  • Kentucky man accused of Singapore HIV data leak jailed in US

    A Kentucky man accused by the Singapore government of stealing a database of HIV patients has been jailed in the U.S. on federal charges of illegally possessing Singaporean identification documents.

    28 February 2019 | Yahoo News UK
  • US charges man accused of Singapore HIV data leak

    An American man accused of leaking data of thousands of HIV-positive people in Singapore has been charged in the United States with possession and unlawful transfer of stolen documents, authorities said.

    24 February 2019 | France 24
  • Singapore data leak: ‘I reject any allegation MOH sought to cover up incident,’ says Gan Kim Yong

    The Health Minister also gave more information on how the incident, which saw information affecting 14,200 with HIV leaked online, happened.

    12 February 2019 | Channel News Asia
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