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Global Ransomware Attacks Raise Key Legal Considerations

On May 12, 2017, a massive ransomware attack, known as “WannaCry,” began affecting tens of thousands of computer systems in over 100 countries. These types of incidents can have significant legal implications for affected entities and industries for whom data access and continuity is critical. As affected entities work to understand and respond to the threat of ransomware, we address some of the key legal considerations.… Continue Reading

Wireless Provider Reaches $2.5 Million Settlement with OCR

On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights announced that it had entered into a resolution agreement with CardioNet, Inc., stemming from gaps in policies and procedures uncovered after CardioNet reported breaches of unsecured electronic protected health information.… Continue Reading

New Mexico Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law, leaving Alabama and South Dakota as the two remaining states without such requirements. The Data Breach Notification Act (H.B. 15) goes into effect on July 1, 2017. … Continue Reading

OCR Settlement Emphasizes Importance of Audit Controls

On February 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with Memorial Healthcare System that emphasized the importance of audit controls in preventing breaches of protected health information. The 5.5 million dollar settlement with Memorial is the fourth enforcement action taken by OCR in 2017, and matches the largest civil monetary ever imposed against a single covered entity.… Continue Reading

OCR Settlement Emphasizes Importance of Implementing Safeguards to Protect PHI

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico relating to a breach of protected health information contained on a portable storage device. This is the second enforcement action taken by OCR in 2017, following the action taken against Presence Health earlier this month for failing to make timely breach notifications.… Continue Reading

OCR Settles First Enforcement Action for Untimely Reporting of a Breach

On January 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with Presence Health stemming from the entity’s failure to notify affected individuals, the media and OCR within 60 days of discovering a breach. This marks the first OCR settlement of 2017 and the first enforcement action relating to untimely breach reporting by a HIPAA covered entity.… Continue Reading

HHS Announces HIPAA Settlement with UMass

On November 22, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a $650,000 settlement with University of Massachusetts Amherst, resulting from alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy and Security Rules. … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guide for Businesses on Handling Data Breaches

On October 25, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission released a guide for businesses on how to handle and respond to data breaches. The 16-page guide details steps businesses should take once they become aware of a potential breach. The guide also underscores the need for cyber-specific insurance to help offset potentially significant response costs.… Continue Reading

New Jersey Moves Forward With Shopper Privacy Bill

On September 15, 2016, the New Jersey Senate unanimously approved a bill that would limit retailers’ ability to collect and use personal data contained on consumers’ driver and non-driver identification cards. The bill, known as the Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act, must now be approved by the New Jersey Assembly.… Continue Reading

OCR Settles Largest HIPAA Violation Against a Single Covered Entity

On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with Advocate Health Care Network over alleged HIPAA violations. The multimillion dollar settlement with Advocate is the largest settlement to date against a single covered entity.… Continue Reading

OCR Enters into First Enforcement Action Against Business Associate

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights announced that it had settled potential HIPAA Security Rule violations with Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This is the first enforcement action OCR has taken against a business associate since the HIPAA Omnibus Rule was enacted in 2013.… Continue Reading

Pharmaceutical Company to Plead Guilty and Settle Drug Marketing Charges

Recently, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals announced that it will enter into several settlements and plead guilty to two misdemeanors in connection with alleged violations of HIPAA, drug marketing regulations and securities laws. The criminal charges stem from the company’s marketing of a cholesterol drug called Juxtapid. Aegerion allegedly failed to comply with risk evaluation and management strategies and … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Interactive Tool for Mobile Health Apps

The Federal Trade Commission recently released an interactive tool for mobile health apps. The tool was developed in conjunction with several other federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Food and Drug Administration.… Continue Reading

How to Safeguard Privacy and Data Security in Corporate Transactions

In a recent article published by Corporate Counsel, Hunton & Williams partner Lisa Sotto and associate Ryan Logan discuss the privacy and data security-related legal issues that arise in corporate transactions, and provide a how-to guide on addressing those issues during the various stages of a transaction.… Continue Reading
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