On the final full day of the Trump administration, HHS prepared to publish proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule this week. Plus, it revealed plans to ease off on HIPAA enforcement when organizations use certain web-based applications to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations.
Privacy watchdogs in Europe have imposed fines totaling more than $330 million since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect in May 2018, according to law firm DLA Piper. Over the past year, regulators received 121,000 data breach notifications, up 19% from the year before.
President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion plan for COVID-19 relief includes nearly $10 billion in cybersecurity and IT spending. Some security experts hope the amount as just a "down payment" toward a broader effort.
In a ruling that could have a profound impact on HIPAA enforcement, a U.S. Court of Appeals has vacated a $4.3 million HIPAA civil monetary penalty levied by federal regulators against the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the wake of three breaches involving unencrypted mobile devices.
The Federal Trade Commission's announcement this week of a proposed health data privacy settlement with Flo Health, a fertility-tracking mobile app vendor, illustrates how the agency can play a critical role in helping ensure data not regulated under HIPAA is protected.
In the latest move in its ongoing initiative to enforce a HIPAA provision granting patients the right to access their records, federal regulators have slapped an Arizona integrated healthcare system with a $200,000 fine for failing to provide two individuals with timely records access.
Terabytes' worth of posts, images and videos from conservative social media site Parler have been forcibly obtained by security researchers who have archived the material for investigators in the wake of the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Adam Turteltaub, chief engagement and strategy officer at the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, says compliance teams should create a dashboard of data that will help keep track of actions taken by staff members who are working remotely.
A Russian national who pleaded guilty to hacking JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. The hacking scheme affected more than 100 million bank customers.
From contact tracing to data transfer to the new California Privacy Rights Act, 2021 already is shaping up to be a big year for privacy. Trevor Hughes, CEO and president of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, offers a "state of privacy" overview.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest information about the SolarWinds hack. Also featured are discussions of "zero trust" for the hybrid cloud environment and data privacy regulatory trends.
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A U.K. court denied Julian Assange bail Wednesday as the U.S. Justice Department prepares to appeal a judge's ruling earlier this week rejecting its request to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the U.S. to face criminal charges. Assange will remain in a high-security prison during the appeals process.