A new Federal Trade Commission privacy report endorses implementation of a "do not track" mechanism so consumers can choose whether to allow the collection of data regarding their online searching and browsing activities.
When Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., introduced free wireless Internet access for patients and guests, it used a "defense-in-depth" strategy to address security issues, says Christopher Paidhrin, IT security compliance officer.
To help agencies secure their wireless networks and technologies, the Government Accountability Office came up with eight leading practices. For now, GAO says, wireless networks remain at an increased vulnerability to attack.
Four consumer advocacy organizations have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, calling for it to crack down on what it portrays as unfair and deceptive Internet-based healthcare marketing and advertising practices that threaten consumer privacy.
About 400,000 Puerto Ricans enrolled in the government's health insurance plan for the impoverished have potentially been affected by a breach incident involving unauthorized access to an Internet database.
All organizations involved in any type of health information exchange should be required to have digital certificates to authenticate their identities, a panel advising federal regulators on policy issues recommends.