Lawyers, CPAs, Doctors and privacy in emails

Selling the topic “Encryption” to professionals is a bit like the topic “insurance”. Some want it out of fear (which I do not find to be a good motivation for anything in life), some need it by law (like the German health care).

With our Plugin we have developed a tool specifically for professionals, who have to proof they follow the new GDPR in Europe and (older) HIPAA in the US regulations without creating a hassle.

They major pain with encryption is the fragmentation of the market and the lack of a standard.

That lack comes from complexity – especially if you are aware of free solutions like PGP. You have to install software on both sides, exchange keys and establish a trusted channel. That makes no sense for a single email you need to send to a customer.

I had my yearly check-up done last week and got my results in a ZIP file from the doctor via email. Password protected.

The mail said: “use your birth year, 4 digits, to decrypt”… well, not the best way since my birth year is visible on facebook or LinkedIn, but at least they tried.

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Now that process is exactly the little step we want to ease for professionals, who by law have to save data encrypted and transfer that data to customers.

I will now mail our plugin to my doctor and ask them to test it.

Maybe not with my birth year! But if you establish a standard password for your customers that are not instantly visible to the public (first 3 letters of your health insurance company, lower case – could be a good idea in Germany or the first 3 digits of your SSN in the States), the whole thing is simple enough!



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