For the second time this year, health insurer EmblemHealth has been hit with a state financial penalty in connection with a 2016 breach that exposed Social Security numbers on mailings to more than 81,000 plan members.
Will the Department of Health and Human Services' request for feedback on potential changes to HIPAA eventually result in modifications to the regulation, including certain provisions that touch on privacy and security issues? There's a long road to travel before any changes actually might get made.
The massive data breach suffered by Equifax in 2017 "was entirely preventable," according to a report released by the House Oversight Committee's Republican majority. Some Democratic lawmakers have slammed the report for failing to advance legislative or oversight changes to help prevent breaches.
The U.K.'s privacy watchdog says that six months after enforcement of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation began, it's seen a dramatic increase in data breach reports - as well as privacy complaints from the public.
Two health IT professional associations are urging Congress to "modernize" HIPAA to extend patients' rights to securely access, view, download and transmit their health information - including health data not currently covered under HIPAA. Regulatory experts size up whether the proposed changes are feasible.
A batch of documents meant to be kept under court seal lays bare Facebook's strategic brokering of access to user data to reward partners and punish potential rivals. The material also demonstrates Facebook's views at the time on privacy and the risks of leaking data.
Federal regulators have slapped a company that provides contracted physicians to hospitals and nursing homes with a $500,000 HIPAA settlement in a breach case involving the lack of a business associate agreement with an individual providing billing services.
A failure to patch systems and slipups that lead to insider threats are two major causes of breaches in the healthcare sector that need to be urgently addressed, says Anahi Santiago of Christiana Care Health System.
Consumer organizations in seven countries plan to file complaints alleging that Google is violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation via its location, web and app activity tracking, in what could be a blow to the search giant's lucrative but data-hungry targeted advertising business.
With the year nearly over, hacking attacks - especially those involving phishing and other email attacks - continue to rack up big victim counts for health data breaches reported to federal regulators in 2018.
Uber has been slammed with $1.2 million in fines by U.K. and Dutch privacy regulators for its cover-up of a 2016 data breach for more than a year. The breach exposed millions of drivers' and users' personal details to attackers, whom Uber paid $100,000 in hush money and for a promise to delete the stolen data.
Australia's Parliament has passed legislation that strengthens privacy protections for My Health Record, the country's embattled digital medical records program. But questions remain about whether the changes go far enough to restore confidence in electronic health records.
In at least the fourth federal HIPAA case involving improper disclosure of patient information to the media, federal regulators have slapped a three-doctor practice in Connecticut with a financial penalty.
Protecting the Department of Health and Human Services' systems, data - and program beneficiaries - from evolving cyberthreats is a top challenge for the agency, according to a new report that recommends action items.
Federal regulators plan to seek public comments on whether the HIPAA rules create barriers to sharing patient information among healthcare providers, hampering the ability to coordinate care. But some regulatory experts argue the problem is not the rules, but misunderstandings about what they allow.