How Safe Are Your Client Files in the Cloud?

In June 2013, Edward Snowden released top-secret intelligence documents that detailed a domestic U.S. spying apparatus. A new article published in the journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice reviews and contends that current APA ethics and record-keeping guidelines, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act do not adequately account for this new information and other emerging threats to client confidentiality. As psychologists bear the responsibility for being informed, protecting and maintaining client records, and preventing breaches, it is vital that the field establish specific best practices and present regular security updates to colleagues.

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