On December 1, 2022, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a Bulletin on the obligations of HIPAA covered entities and business associates under the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules when using online tracking technologies.
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On November 25, 2022, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission released a decision fining Meta Platforms, Inc. €265 million for a 2019 data leak involving the personal information of approximately 533 million Facebook users worldwide.
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On November 21, 2022, Meta Platforms, Inc. announced updated practices designed to protect the privacy of young people on Facebook and Instagram, including default privacy settings for new accounts, measures to limit unwanted interactions with adult users, and a tool to limit the spread of teens’ intimate images online.
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On November 30, 2022, the UK government confirmed that the Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018 will be strengthened to protect essential and digital services against cyber attacks.
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On November 25, 2022, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office and the UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, issued a joint statement setting out how they intend to work together to “ensure coherence between the data protection and the new online safety regimes.”
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On October 26, 2022, House Energy and Commerce Committee and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee leaders sent letters to several toy manufacturers, including Bandai Namco, Hasbro, Mattel, MGA Entertainment, LEGO Group and the Toy Association, asking how they plan to protect children and their information from BigTech companies like TikTok and YouTube.
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