Wisconsin's Novir, a biotech firm based in Milwaukee, is assisting businesses in handling employee COVID-19 vaccination data. In response to President Joe Biden's vaccination mandate for organizations with over 100 employees, Novir has seen a significant increase in companies seeking their services. Acting as a third-party, Novir adheres to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to track and manage the data, including regular testing results for unvaccinated employees. This development raises privacy concerns for employees returning to the office.
In a recent development, a Wisconsin appeals court has recommended that the state Supreme Court review a case that raises concerns about law enforcement's retrieval of cellphone data in relation to a homicide charge. According to the Wisconsin Examiner, the case has sparked discussions about the application of the Fourth Amendment to the vast amount of digital information stored on modern cellphones. The appeals court emphasized the need for clear guidelines on the extent to which law enforcement can search, retain, and re-examine cellphone data. The outcome of this review could have significant implications for privacy rights and law enforcement practices in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's Adams County has experienced a data breach that has impacted the personal information of 258,120 citizens, according to HealthITSecurity. Unauthorized individuals obtained usernames and passwords, accessing personal data, personal health information, and tax information from various county departments, including the Veteran Service Office, Health and Human Services, and the Extension Office. Data stored on the network between January 1, 2013, and March 28, 2018, is potentially compromised. In addition to this breach, Sungy Mobile, a Chinese app creator, has reported a separate data breach that may have exposed the information of 50.5 million customers.