elb at pidgin.im
Tue Apr 28 11:46:14 EDT 2009
Accurate Computer Service, Inc. spake unto us the following wisdom:
> Just a quick question. Is Pidgin software HIPAA compliant? Does
> it support 128 bit encryption? Thank you.
This is not a reasonable question to ask; it is like asking whether a
Dodge 4L 6 Cylinder is "DOT compliant". If installed in an
appropriate support framework with a sturdy body and compliant
interior safety devices such as seatbelts and air bags, it may be DOT
compliant. By itself, it's a motor, and if you leave it in the garage
on a stand it's certainly DOT compliant.
Pidgin could absolutely be used as part of a HIPAA compliant system.
Out of the box, communicating on a public IM network, it is almost
certainly not. You would, of course, need to contact a lawyer or the
Department of Health and Human Services to get a legally defensible
opinion on this matter.
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils]. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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