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UPDATE – In an attempt to reign in the tendency of indifference toward consumer privacy among mobile application developers, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today made public a list of guidelines regulating the ways in which mobile application developers and technology companies handle user data and educate users about what they intend on doing with that data.

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights have revised their list of healthcare information breaches over the past month to include 16 additional incidents, according to a GovInfoSecurity.com report.

Terry Coffey of Anchorage, Alaska, said that he first became aware of a problem with his iTunes account when he received a receipt for a $50 iTunes gift card purchase. Coffey, who says he’s careful with his money, was immediately suspicious and investigated the charge, but couldn’t find any record of it on any of his credit card statements. A closer look at his iTunes account revealed why: unknown assailants had seized control of his account and modified the credit card information associated with it. A different credit card number had been used, listing and Coffey’s address had been changed from Anchorage to a city in Tennessee. The fraudulent credit card account was used to purchase the gift card as well as a single iTunes song, Coffey said.

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