Tag Archives: Personal Information

OCR Releases Guidance on HIPAA Compliance During Emergencies

On September 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights issued an announcement containing disaster preparedness and recovery guidance in advance of Hurricane Irma. The announcement underscores key privacy and security issues for entities covered by HIPAA to help them protect individuals’ health information before, during and after emergency situations.… Continue Reading

FTC Posts Sixth Blog in Its “Stick with Security” Series

On August 25, 2017, the FTC published the sixth blog post in its “Stick with Security” series. This week’s post, entitled Stick with Security: Segment your network and monitor who’s trying to get in and out, illustrates the benefits of segmenting networks and monitoring the size and frequency of data transfers.… Continue Reading

Delaware Amends Data Breach Notification Law

On August 17, 2017, as reported in BNA Privacy Law Watch, Delaware amended its data breach notification law, effective April 14, 2018. The amendments include expansion of the definition of personal information, timing of notification, changes to the harm threshold and credit monitoring service changes. … Continue Reading

Uber Settles FTC Data Privacy and Security Allegations

On August 15, 2017, the FTC announced that it had reached a settlement with Uber, Inc., over allegations that the ride-sharing company had made deceptive data privacy and security representations to its consumers. Under the terms of the settlement, Uber has agreed to implement a comprehensive privacy program and to undergo regular, independent privacy audits for the next 20 years.… Continue Reading

Colombia Designates U.S. as “Adequate” Data Transfer Nation

On August 14, 2017, the Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce announced that it was adding the United States to its list of nations that provide an adequate level of protection for the transfer of personal information. This development should help facilitate the transfer of personal information from Colombia to the United States.… Continue Reading

FTC Posts Third Blog in Its “Stick with Security” Series

On August 4, 2017, the FTC published the third blog post in its Stick with Security series. This week’s post, entitled "Stick with security: Control access to data sensibly," details key security measures businesses can take to limit unauthorized access to data in their possession.… Continue Reading

FTC Posts Second Blog in Its “Stick with Security” Series

On July 28, 2017, the FTC published the second blog post in its "Stick with Security" series. This week’s post, entitled "Start with security – and stick with it," looks at key security principles that apply to all businesses regardless of their size or the types of data they handle. The guidance offers five steps companies can take to ensure the security of the data they hold.… Continue Reading

New Jersey Shopper Privacy Bill Signed into Law

On July 21, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that places new restrictions on the collection and use of personal information by retail establishments for certain purposes. The statute, which is called the Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act, permits retail establishments in New Jersey to scan a person’s driver’s license or other state-issued identification card only for eight purposes. … Continue Reading

Ransomware Health Data Breach Affects 500,000 Patients

On June 26, 2017, Airway Oxygen reported that it was the subject of a ransomware attack affecting 500,000 patients’ protected health information. The attack is the second largest health data breach recorded by the Office for Civil Rights this year, and the largest ransomware incident recorded by OCR since it began tracking incidents in 2009. … Continue Reading

Record Data Breach Settlement in Anthem Class Action

On June 23, 2017, Anthem Inc., the nation’s second largest health insurer, reached a record 115 million dollar settlement in a class action lawsuit arising out of a 2015 data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 78 million people. Among other things, the settlement creates a pool of funds to provide credit monitoring and reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs for customers. … Continue Reading

UK ICO Revises Subject Access Guidance Following Court Rulings

On June 20, 2017, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office published an updated version of its Code of Practice on Subject Access Requests. The updates are primarily in response to three Court of Appeal decisions from earlier this year regarding data controllers’ obligations to respond to subject access requests. The revisions more closely align the ICO’s position with the court’s judgments.… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Guidance on COPPA Compliance

On June 21, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission updated its guidance for complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The FTC enforces the COPPA Rule, which sets requirements regarding children’s privacy and safety online.… Continue Reading

China Releases Draft Guidelines on Cross-Border Data Transfers Pursuant to the Cybersecurity Law

Recently, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee of China published draft guidelines on cross-border transfers pursuant to the new Cybersecurity Law, entitled Information Security Technology – Guidelines for Data Cross-Border Transfer Security Assessment. Once finalized, the Guidelines are intended to establish norms regarding security assessments conducted in the context of cross-border data transfers. … Continue Reading
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