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April 07, 2016

NP Privacy Partner

Author(s): Matthew J. Frankel, Gretchen E. Sherwood, Jenny L. Holmes, Steven M. Richard, Rebecca Simone

FTC partners with other regulators to offer guidance to mobile health app developers, OCR speaks on access to health records, ransomware threats grow, privacy litigation continues to raise novel concerns, French authorities address the “right to be forgotten,” and Tennessee updates its data breach law.

Health Care and HIPAA

FTC releases interactive web-based tool to help mobile health app developers identify applicable laws and regulations

The FTC partners with other regulators to provide guidance on laws applicable to health-related mobile app developers.—Matthew J. Frankel

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OCR reinforces patients’ rights to access health records

OCR issues guidance in response to recent studies and its own enforcement experience revealing that patients face obstacles in obtaining access to their health information, even from covered entities that are required to comply with HIPAA.—Rebecca Simone and Joanna R. Nicholson

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Privacy Litigation and Class Action

Class action filed against Consumer Reports

Plaintiff claims that Consumer Reports sold his information to telemarketers in violation of Michigan privacy law.—Kate A.F. Martinez

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International

Google fined by French for failing to de-list search results under “right to be forgotten”

Rejecting Google’s arguments about freedom of information and expression, and the claim that earlier injunction had extraterritorial impact, CNIL hands down a fine for failure to comply with French data privacy law.—Kate A.F. Martinez

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Cybersecurity

Ransomware attack forces MedStar Health to turn away patients, affects IT system for almost one full week

A Maryland health system falls victim to a ransomware attack, forcing a network shutdown and a brief interruption in patient care.—Gretchen E. Harper

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Children’s Privacy

NY’s highest court issues a split ruling addressing parents’ rights to record an overheard conversation

In a 4-3 ruling, NY’s highest court countered the consent requirements of the state’s wiretapping law and upheld the admissibility of a parent’s recording of an overhead conversation made in the best interests of a minor child’s safety.—Jenny R. Lewis and Steven M. Richard

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State Measures

Tennessee next to update data breach law

Following amendments by several other states this year, Tennessee updates its data breach law.—Jenny R. Lewis

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