With the explosion of consumer fitness devices and health-related apps, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. wants the Federal Trade Commission to push the vendors of those products to adopt new privacy safeguards.
When patient data is used for secondary purposes, such as research, it must be de-identified. But is this process consistently reliable in protecting patient privacy? Two experts describe the challenges.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's initial oversight of organizations authorized to test and certify electronic health records software did not adequately ensure that patient data within EHRs is secure, a new report concludes.
A U.S. federal court judge has upheld a warrant requiring Microsoft to give the Justice Department copies of e-mails being stored at a data center in Dublin. But Microsoft plans to appeal the ruling on privacy grounds.
Ensuring patient privacy is protected as more electronic health records are exchanged will be one of the top challenges for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT's next chief privacy officer, says ONC's former privacy chief, Joy Pritts.
A senior White House official says the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, which a Senate committee passed earlier this month, needs to have its privacy and civil liberties protection provisions strengthened to win presidential support.
Google and Microsoft met with European regulators in Brussels July 24 to discuss their compliance with the "right to be forgotten" ruling and whether it should apply to all of their search engine sites - and not just those in Europe.
Johns Hopkins Health System has agreed to a $190 million settlement in a privacy violation case that involved a physician using a pen-like camera to secretly photograph female patients. Learn what the organization is doing to prevent other privacy incidents.
Enabling the secure sharing of patient data is a key aspect of work under way to modernize the Department of Veterans Affair's VistA electronic health record system, says Jim Traficant of ASM Research, which is leading an infrastructure project.
A controversial U.K. "emergency" surveillance bill has become law, just seven days after being introduced to Parliament. But a privacy rights group has already promised to challenge the new law in court.