Devin Jopp, CEO of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, describes a new effort to develop recommendations for how to protect genomic data as it's exchanged, as is called for under President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative.
Someone green-light this drama: Sony, after suffering a massive data breach that led to the leak of personal information and embarrassing corporate emails, has agreed to a data-breach settlement worth up to $8 million.
Apple has removed hundreds of apps from its App Store for violating its user-tracking guidelines. Chinese mobile advertising firm Youmi has issued "sincere apologies" for the tracking behavior and promised to compensate affected developers.
FBI Director James Comey's declaration that the Obama administration will not pursue legislation to require vendors to create a backdoor that would permit law enforcement to circumvent encryption on mobile devices isn't the end of the matter.
With the third open enrollment season for Obamacare set to begin Nov. 1, some health insurance exchanges, including the federal HealthCare.gov website, are taking steps to bolster the privacy and security of consumer data.
The protection of patients' health data is a fundamental principle deeply woven throughout federal regulators' new 10-year roadmap for interoperable health data exchange. While some experts say the plan is on the right track, others say more work is needed.
The Department of Health and Human Services has released final rules for the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program that address privacy and security issues. HHS has also released its final "interoperability roadmap" designed to guide progress toward health data exchange.
The DHS's inspector general is reopening an investigation into allegations that dozens of Secret Service agents improperly accessed Rep. Jason Chaffetz' unsuccessful application to be a Secret Service agent that he filed before he was elected to Congress. Chaffetz is running to be House speaker.
As a result of Experian's data breach, 15 million T-Mobile subscribers are at risk from phishing attacks and fraud. But it's not clear what more T-Mobile can do to protect breach victims, says security specialist Mark James.
The Precision Medicine Initiative announced earlier this year by the Obama administration is the ultimate healthcare "big data" project and faces many security and privacy challenges, says attorney Kirk Nahra.
In addition to having a dedicated individual or team responsible for privacy matters, organizations must ensure their information security and IT staffs are knowledgeable about data privacy issues, says Trevor Hughes, CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
President Obama, in reaching any type of cybersecurity accord with Chinese President Xi Jinping, should borrow from the diplomacy he used to reach the Iranian nuclear agreement: Get the best deal possible and then distrust but verify.
Federal regulators have issued a final version of a strategic health IT plan for 2015 to 2020 designed to help guide government activities. But some experts say the plan is thin on privacy and security measures, such as the need to update HIPAA to address evolving cyber threats.