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Friday at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the FTC, took questions related to privacy and data security with an initial focus on the challenges posed by so-called "big data". In the session, she noted that the FTC looks at the issues with big data quite broadly.Read More »
With the Target breach in the news what seems like daily since December, the concept of data breach, and it's implications, has now burned itself into the psyche of the American public. 2014 marks the beginning of a new era in how organizations "manage" incidents and disclosures of personal, regulated data. See the innovative ID Experts RADAR software platform at the IAPP Global Summit and make sure your organization has begun to operationalize the assessment and management of data security incidents.Read More »
The healthcare information management and data breach community was put on notice last year from regulators that they would be expecting much great focus on and performance in securing patient health information (HIPAA protected health information, or PHI) and managing the privacy of patient data from healthcare organizations (HIPAA covered entities) and their business and technology partners (HIPAA business associates) going forward. I thought I’d take a look in this post of what 2013 brought us, and what to expect as we plunge forward into 2014.Read More »
So 2013 was a very busy year for anyone that knows what HIPAA stands for. This should include healthcare providers, insurance companies, and (at least soon) their thousands of business associates, among others. If you hold a privacy, security, compliance, or general counsel title within any such organization, hopefully you got some rest over the holidays, because 2014 promises to be a barnburner.Read More »
I had been waiting for this question to be asked. Now it seems like almost overnight that everyone, including members of Congress and the Obama Administration, is asking about the level of security of the U.S. government’s new health insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov. The impetus for the elevated level of interest and scrutiny seems to be a September 27th memo internal to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that discussed security concerns and is extensively quoted in an ABC News article.Read More »
Experian is in the news again. While most recently due to their supporting role as a subcontractor in the new federal government health insurance exchange that has been having technical and availability problems (Software, Design Defects Cripple Health-Care Website, Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2013), the subject of this write-up concerns their role in the recent controversy in South Carolina, in which the nature of Experian’s business practices have come into question.Read More »
Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), gave the keynote presentation today at the HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum in Boston. He began by noting that it is auspicious that he was presenting today, since September 23rd is the day that HIPAA business associates are now required to comply with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule including the substantial new security regulations under the Security Rule.Read More »
An recently published article by Modern Healthcare noted the extraordinary level of time and effort that it is estimated that our healthcare system will need to expend in order to comply with the new HIPAA privacy and security rules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has estimated that each year, it takes in aggregate around 32 million person hours.Read More »
With the publication of the HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule, healthcare providers and other covered entities are once again reassessing their privacy and security programs with an eye toward compliance. In light of new questions and requirements, we talked to Terrill Clements, Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), to find out about new developments. His answer was reassuring—the key to compliance still lies in the fundamentals of good privacy practices: ongoing risk analysis, risk management, and monitoring.Read More »
There are new and additional challenges that come into play when you have a data breach of sensitive personal information of your customers, or others, when that data resides in the cloud. The Cloud Security Alliance February 2013 report titled The Notorious Nine: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2013 recognizes data breaches at the #1 cloud security threat. So given this level of risk, how do you prepare for, and what new twists must you anticipate, when it comes to a data breach by a cloud vendor?Read More »
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