With only a single conviction since its inception in 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is failing to meet its own mandate, says IT research firm Info-Tech Research Group.

"HIPAA is a toothless tiger," says Info-Tech analyst Ross Armstrong. "The first problem is that HIPAA is complaint driven, and complaint-driven enforcement doesn't work. The second problem is that in the one HIPAA-related conviction that has occurred, only the individual was charged, not the organization itself."

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