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Half of transgender youth avoid disclosing gender identity to healthcare providers

Half of transgender youth avoid disclosing gender identity to healthcare providers

Health
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Nearly half of transgender youth avoid disclosing their gender identity to healthcare providers for fear of discrimination and stigmatization, a new study shows. Published Thursday in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the findings by researchers at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh highlight the challenges faced by younger transgender people, even as social acceptance has increased, at least in some parts of the United States. "I hope the findings increase awareness about the fear of discrimination that many transgender youth face while accessing healthcare," study co-author Gina Sequeira, an adolescent medicine fellow at UPMC Children's Hospital, told UPI. "This is particularly relevant as an increasing number of states propose legi...
Gender identity clinic leaks patient email addresses

Gender identity clinic leaks patient email addresses

Technology
A London gender identity clinic has mistakenly exposed details of close to 2,000 people on its email list.The Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic sent patients an email about an art competition, with hundreds of others CC-ed in.The clinic later tried to recall the message but the error had already been noticed.The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which is responsible for the clinic, is investigating.Two separate emails were sent, with about 900 people CC-ed on each.One patient at the clinic, Jessie, told the BBC she was angry about what had happened."It could out someone, especially as this place treats people who are transgender," she said. A spokesman for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are currently investigating a ...
Aadhaar Paperless Local e-KYC allows offline verification of identity, limits data sharing

Aadhaar Paperless Local e-KYC allows offline verification of identity, limits data sharing

Finance
Following the Supreme Court judgement on Aadhaar and in order to address privacy concerns and limit data sharing, UIDAI has launched a 'Aadhaar Paperless Local e-KYC' method which is an offline method for identity verification wherein verification can be done without sharing biometrics or even Aadhaar number. This method also allows you to choose the Aadhaar related details you want to share for identification purposes. According to a Times of India report, government is pushing for offline tools to verify Aadhaar of a person by a method which will not require sharing of biometrics or involve UIDAI servers. According to the report, there are two ways of offline Aadhaar verification - by using QR code on the Aadhaar card and via Paperless local e-KYC. The Paperless local e-KYC involves gene...
Is freezing your credit really enough to prevent identity theft?

Is freezing your credit really enough to prevent identity theft?

Finance
You can now add credit-report freezes to the list of best things in life that are free. As of Friday, consumers won't have to pay a fee to credit-reporting firms when they want to use a freeze to help protect themselves from identity theft. They would, however, need to contact each of the big three bureaus — Equifax, TransUnion and Experian — to cover all their bases. "I think this is a good partial step," said John Ulzheimer, a credit expert and president of The Ulzheimer Group in Atlanta. "You don't want to have people paying something t...
This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

Finance
Hackers aren't your only risk when it comes to identity theft and fraud. Data breaches and hacks like those at Equifax, the IRS and Yahoo! tend to dominate the conversation — and no wonder. Breaches hit a record high in 2017, with 1,579 reported incidents exposing nearly 179 million records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, which helps consumers dealing with identity theft and fraud. But in recent years, a little more than half of thefts of consumers' personally identifying information were classified as "non-digital," meaning they didn't involve — or at least, didn't start with — the thief e...