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HIPAA's Effect on Web Site Privacy Policies

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6 Author(s)
Anton, A.I. ; Coll. of Eng., North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC ; Earp, J.B. ; Vail, M.W. ; Jain, N.
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Healthcare institutions typically post their privacy practices online as privacy policy documents. We conducted a longitudinal study that examines the effects of HIPAA's enactment on a collection of privacy policy documents for a fixed set of organizations over a four-year period. We present our analysis of 24 healthcare privacy policy documents from nine healthcare Web sites, analyzed using goal mining, a content-analysis method that supports extraction of useful information about institutions' privacy practices from documents. We compare our results to our pre-HIPAA study of these same institutions' online privacy practices and evaluate their evolution in the presence of privacy laws

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Security & Privacy, IEEE  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan.-Feb. 2007

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