A British judge has denied a Justice Department request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the U.S. to face criminal charges related to hacking government computers and then publishing classified information. U.S. prosecutors plan to appeal.
As federal regulators intensify their focus on compliance with requirements to provide patients with access to their health information, healthcare organizations need to sort through a variety of emerging challenges, says health information management and privacy expert Rita Bowen.
The growth in the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 crisis means that healthcare providers must carefully reassess and bolster the security of the connected devices, applications and systems used, says Kelly Rozumalski of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.
In the year ahead, healthcare organizations must be prepared to face an assortment of advancing security threats, including those that damage the integrity of critical patient data, says Rod Piechowski of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
More than two years after Europe's tough new General Data Protection Regulation came into full effect, EU privacy watchdogs are finding more consensus, and consumers have been benefiting, experts say. But how regulators apply sanctions, in particular, remains a work in progress.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted an array of evolving patient privacy issues that legislators and regulators will need to address in the year ahead, say government policy experts Mari Savickis and Cassie Leonard of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning U.S. companies about data theft risks associated with the use of Chinese technology and digital services, citing a new law in China giving the government the right to access data.
Look for the Biden administration to put health data privacy and security on the front burner next year. Here's what could be in store at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA.
Several tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, Cisco and VMware, have filed a brief backing Facebook's lawsuit against Israel-based spyware firm NSO Group, which has been accused of hacking into Facebook-owned WhatsApp's instant messaging app to enable spying by the company's clients.
Europol, the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency, and the European Commission are launching a new decryption platform to help law enforcement agencies decrypt data that has been obtained as part of a criminal investigation, a move seen as an alternative to weakening encryption.
Lawmakers are pressing government agencies for answers following disclosures this week about an advanced persistent threat group's massive hacking campaign involving compromised SolarWinds Orion network management software. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday Russians "engaged in this activity."
Following its exposure of personal information on 130,000 individuals in an unsecured cloud database, SkyMed International, a company that provides medical emergency travel services, must revamp its security practices, according to a proposed Federal Trade Commission settlement.
Recent disclosures about security issues pertaining to certain medical devices as well as storage devices used in healthcare serve as reminders of the potential risks to patients that must be mitigated.
In light of the widespread apparent impact of the hack of SolarWinds' network management tools, it's time for a frank assessment of the lack of cybersecurity progress in recent years. Consider a "60 Minutes" report from 2015 - and where we're at today.
A 4GB data archive belonging to Panasonic India has been released by a hacker who waged an extortion plot. The company says no highly confidential data was revealed, but a look at the data suggests otherwise.