Monthly Archives: May 2011

HHS Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Accounting of Disclosures of Protected Health Information

On May 27, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that revises existing HIPAA Privacy Rule provisions regarding an accounting of disclosures and also gives individuals a new right to obtain an "access report" detailing who has accessed electronic protected health information in a designated record set. … Continue Reading

Webinar on Consent for Cookies: Preparing for the EU Cookie Law

On June 6, 2011, join Hunton & Williams for a panel discussion on the implementation of the new EU Cookie Law in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands.  EU law on the use of cookies is changing.  Opt-in consent will be required, but specific requirements may differ across the EU.  What are organizations doing … Continue Reading

FCRA Claim Against Spokeo Allowed to Proceed

On May 11, 2011, a federal court in California denied a motion to dismiss claims that Spokeo, Inc. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Communications Decency Act, but granted the motion to dismiss with respect to an unfair competition claim. … Continue Reading

White House Proposes Cybersecurity Legislation

On May 12, 2011, the Obama administration announced a comprehensive cybersecurity legislative proposal that would affect many government and private-sector owners and operators of cyber systems across multiple industries. This blog post provides analysis of the key issues outlined in the proposal. … Continue Reading

California Bill Targets Social Networking Privacy

A new bill proposed in California would force social networking websites to establish a default privacy setting for its users that prohibits the site from publicly displaying most information about the user without the user's consent. … Continue Reading

UK ICO Releases Code on Data Sharing

On May 11, 2011, the UK Information Commissioner's Office published a new statutory code of practice which provides guidance on reducing risks related to the sharing of personal data. … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Sorrell v. IMS Health

Thomas Julin, partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, discusses the Sorrell v. IMS Health litigation in an interview with Fred Cate, Senior Policy Advisor of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership. Mr. Julin represents IMS Health in the case, which concerns the constitutionality of a Vermont law prohibiting pharmacies from selling prescriber-identifiable information to third parties. … Continue Reading