"Updating this law to reflect the realities of our time is essential to ensuring that our federal privacy laws keep pace with new technologies and the new threats to our security." says bill sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy.
A June 13 conference in Washington on protecting patient privacy, co-sponsored by a privacy advocacy group, will include discussions designed to pinpoint research needs and make technical, educational and policy recommendations.
Executives from Apple, Facebook and Google will appear before a Senate panel to explain their companies' practices on collecting and using customer data from smartphones, Sen. Jay Rockefeller announces.
"No one up here wants to stop Apple or Google from doing the incredible things that you do," Sen. Al Franken says. "What today is about is trying to find a balance between all of those wonderful benefits and the public's right to privacy."
Personalized medicine research, which relies on genetic information paired with electronic health records, could pave the way for many treatment breakthroughs. But because of the sensitive nature of the information involved, pioneers in this field must take extra privacy and security precautions.
Among the many subjects the Privacy and Security Tiger Team will tackle in the weeks ahead is determining whether more guidelines are needed on the issues of accommodating corrections to electronic health records and ensuring data integrity.
"Our security teams were working very hard to defend against denial of service attacks, and that may have made it more difficult to detect the intrusion quickly, all perhaps by design," Sony Computer Entertainment America Chairman Kazuo Hirai said in a letter to Congress.