A year after Facebook received a bug report regarding a loophole in its app architecture, the vulnerability remains exploitable, says the researcher who discovered this potential threat to user privacy.
A new U.K. government report accuses social networks of serving as a "safe haven for terrorists," inflaming what some see as tense relations in the post-Snowden era between the British government and Silicon Valley.
Despite substantial concerns about privacy and security, a large majority of U.S. consumers support the use and exchange of electronic health records by their healthcare providers, say Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT researchers.
The Walgreens case is the second state court ruling in recent weeks that calls attention to how incidents involving alleged patient privacy violations can lead to negligence lawsuits that invoke HIPAA as a benchmark.
The secure national exchange of patients' health information for use in treatment will make progress once "we simplify what we say when we're explaining privacy to people," says Lucia Savage, new chief privacy officer of ONC.
Legal experts are analyzing the potential national impact of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that plaintiffs can sue for negligence if a healthcare provider violates HIPAA regulations for protecting patient privacy.
Emerging Web-enabled health technologies, ranging from the upcoming Apple Watch to a Google "pill" that could potentially detect cancer in patients' bodies, pose troubling new privacy risks, says privacy advocate Deborah Peel, M.D.
Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled to China in the wake of allegations that hackers are targeting Chinese iCloud users. The Chinese government has denied any involvement in the attacks, which can bypass the latest iPhone's stronger encryption.
Apps for wearable devices that are designed to track a user's pulse rate, blood-oxygen level or location may be leaking that data during transmission, Symantec security researcher Candid WÃ¼eest warns in a Black Hat Europe briefing.
While the security of the HealthCare.gov website has improved, and the next open enrollment for Obamacare will go more smoothly, there's still plenty of work to be done, says Curt Kwak, former CIO of the Washington state health insurance exchange.
A federal advisory workgroup that makes privacy and security recommendations to the the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has officially re-launched with a new name, new members and several new hot topics to tackle in the coming months.