On Thursday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced heightened enforcement concerning data breaches, reports USAToday. AG Harris’ office also issued a Guide that provides recommendations to California businesses, particularly small businesses, to help them protect against and respond to the increasing threat of malware, data breaches and other cyber risks. The circumstances are certainly threatening for small business. According to… Continue Reading
Smartphone privacy and security concerns continue to weigh on businesses, particularly for companies in certain industries such as healthcare, and for those that have or are thinking of moving to a “bring your own device” (BYOD) model. Promoters of the “Blackphone,” according to a Reuters report, hope that their version of Google’s Android software will enable… Continue Reading
After years of identity theft holding the top spot for crimes reported to the Federal Trade Commission, and following recent reports of massive data breaches, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress today to enact a national law setting a uniform standard for notifying individuals regarding breaches involving their personal information, according to a report by… Continue Reading
Written by B. Tyler Philippi Ask the average person what they know about Bitcoin and they might be able to tell you that it is a digital currency. Most have probably heard the name mentioned in articles about its giant fluctuations in value or in connection with black market internet transactions. Beyond that, how Bitcoin… Continue Reading
Ricardo Rivera Cardona of the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration, intending to send a message by imposing the largest penalty to date ($6.8 million) arising out of a breach of protected health information under HIPAA, as reported by Infomation Security Media Group, is quoted as saying: We are sending a message that we are here to… Continue Reading
A study (registration required) by two data security firms, Norse in Silicon Valley and SANS, discussed in a recent L.A. Times article, confirms the concerns raised by the FDA and others about increased use of internet-connected medical devices by healthcare providers and the corresponding increase in the information systems of those providers being attacked, and in some… Continue Reading
Written by Ian A. Wright If the intersection of social networking and workplace privacy laws piques your attention, you may find an article written by my colleague Michael Frankel particularly interesting. He writes about a recent case, Pecile v. Titan Capital Group, LLC out of New York, where the court refused to grant the defendants’ request… Continue Reading
Written by Jeffrey M. Schlossberg When does a medical clinic’s employee’s unauthorized texting of patient confidential health information result in liability to the clinic? The answer; it depends. In Doe v. Guthrie Clinic, Ltd., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a patient’s claim against a medical corporation for alleged breach of fiduciary duty based… Continue Reading
In honor of National Data Privacy Day, we provide the following “Top 14 for 2014.” While the list is by no means exhaustive, it does provide critical areas businesses will need to consider in 2014. Location Based Tracking. As the utilization of GPS enable devices becomes more and more prevalent, employers are often faced with… Continue Reading
Written by Michael R. Bertoncini A report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) concludes that the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) did not meet all of its federal requirements for oversight and enforcement of the HIPAA Security Rule. While the report noted OCR met some of these… Continue Reading
Privacy and data security issues and concerns do not stop at the water’s edge. Companies needing to share personal information, even when the sharing will take place inside the same “company,” frequently run into challenges when that sharing takes place across national borders. In some ways, the obstacles created by the matrix of federal and… Continue Reading
On December 13, 2013, Fordham Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy published a study (Study) that paints a sobering picture of how many public schools across the country handle student data, particularly with respect to data they store and services they (and students) use in the “cloud.” There is little doubt that many school districts… Continue Reading
Check out our labor colleagues’ recent post (see Labor & Collective Bargaining blog) concerning the permissibility of a policy to prohibit audio/video recording in the workplace under the National Labor Relations Act, and the decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., Case No. 1-CA-96965 (10/30/13). Most of us do not go too far – whether at work… Continue Reading
Following up on my recent post on Google Glass and its impact on the workplace, I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN on the subject. In the brief video interview I explain the general workplace issues it presents and also touch on the potential data management concerns.
WSJ reported on November 22, 2013, Google’s push to move Google Glass, a computerized device with an “optical head-mounted display,” into the mainstream by tapping the prescription eyewear market through VSP Global—a nationwide vision benefits provider and maker of frames and lenses. If the speed and immersion of technology over the past few years had… Continue Reading
Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requested an "emergency review" of its recently proposed rule that "[Federally-facilitated Exchanges or FFEs], non-Exchange entities associated with FFEs, and State Exchanges must report all privacy and security incidents and breaches to HHS within one hour of discovering the incident or breach." We reported on the proposed… Continue Reading
Click on the link in this post for high-level compliance roadmap concerning the Omnibus Privacy Rule under HIPAA and HITECH for covered plans, providers and business associates.
It seems more companies are considering whether to purchase or enhance their cyber or data breach insurance coverage. In recent years, these offerings have expanded giving businesses more choice, and perhaps so has the need for such coverage given the explosion of access to and transmission of confidential data. What is interesting about this development is the different… Continue Reading
Breach involving software upgrade to online application system leads to allegations of HIPAA privacy and security failures, and a $1.7 million settlement payment to HHS.
Texas amends its data breach notification statute and the law’s effects on persons out of state.
Are you a “non-Exchange entity” with respect to the healthcare exchanges coming later this year? If so you may become subject to a one-hour breach notification mandate.
Big Data’s impact on medical devices pushes FDA to propose draft guidelines for cybersecurity.
The New York Times recently reported that hackers from China have resumed attacks on U.S. targets, despite efforts by the Obama Administration to curb these intrusions. According to the article and a report by a security company, Mandiant, hackers from China have been behind… scores of thefts of intellectual property and government documents over the past five… Continue Reading
University’s $400,000 payment to HHS to settle HIPAA compliance allegations highlights critical role of risk assessments, and need for security policies and procedures.