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.
Months after the New Jersey attorney general's office smacked a medical practice with a hefty penalty for a 2016 breach, the office has signed a $200,000 settlement with the group's business associate that was responsible for the incident and banned its owner from managing or owning a business in the state.
Private sector organizations in Canada must now report all serious data breaches to the country's privacy watchdog as a result of new provisions in Canada's PIPEDA privacy law. Violators face fines of up to $100,000 for every breach victim they fail to notify or breach they attempt to hide.
Facebook has been slammed with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "a very serious data incident" that exposed an estimated 87 million Facebook users' personal details to political campaign influence firm Cambridge Analytica.
A coding error in a portal of the Employee Retirement System of Texas inadvertently allowed some users to view the information of others, potentially exposing information on 1.25 million of its members. Why are breaches involving coding mishaps so common?
Health insurer Anthem had earned HITRUST Common Security Framework certification before its mega-breach. Now that the insurer has agreed to a $16 million HIPAA settlement with federal regulators, who spelled out the company's security shortcomings, it's worth scrutinizing the value of adopting a framework.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the results of over 1,000 cyberattack investigations in the U.K. Also: an update on the proposed NIST privacy framework and a report on voter registration information for sale on the dark web.