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.
Sony Corp.'s announcement that hackers may have accessed data on 77 million gamers follows a long line of recent breaches. And Neal O'Farrell of the Identity Theft Council says the string of incidents has led to consumer 'breach fatigue.'
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a healthcare privacy case dealing with the power of states to bar data mining companies from selling information about doctors' prescription-writing habits to drug companies.
IT security and privacy lawyer David Navetta says revelations that mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android maintain hidden files tracking users locations could pose a threat to organizations, regardless of whether the devices are owned by individual employees, the company or government agency for which...