What's trending on NP Privacy Partner

October 13, 2016

NP Privacy Partner

Author(s): Laurie T. Cohen, Gretchen E. Sherwood, Jessica Schachter Jewell, Troy K. Lieberman, Michal E. Ovadia, Andrew B. Prescott

IoT’s benefits raise privacy challenges; FCC’s proposed rules impact consumer privacy; OCR issues important HIPAA guidance; medical records mix-ups can be commonplace; a TCPA win for defendants; and NLRB ruling impacts employment policies. Here’s what’s trending in data privacy and cybersecurity.


Securing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things poses vexing and evolving security challenges.—John G. Roman, Jr., CISSP

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Advertisers and Marketing

Consumers may soon have a say in whether ISPs can distribute browsing history and other information to advertisers

The FCC’s proposed privacy rules would prevent blanket dissemination of consumer information by internet service providers to third parties under a consumer opt-in model for sensitive information.—Gretchen E. Harper

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Health Care and HIPAA

OCR issues new guidance on HIPAA and cloud computing

New guidance clarifies HIPAA issues when covered entities and business associates send ePHI into the “cloud.”—Laurie T. Cohen

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OCR issues new FAQ addressing business associate conduct

OCR recently issued guidance addressing business associates’ actions regarding a covered entity’s continued access to protected health information maintained by a business associate.—Laurie T. Cohen

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Study reveals that medical record mix-ups are all too common

Report stresses the importance of protocols to confirm patient identities and standardizing patient information.—Michal E. Ovadia

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Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Federal District Court Dismisses TCPA Suit for Lack of Standing Under Spokeo–Highlighting Growing Divide Among District Courts

Decisions continue to reach differing results as to the standard for concrete harm in TCPA litigation.—Troy K. Lieberman

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Employee/Workplace Privacy

Employers may need to take another bite at policies: Lessons from a recent NLRB Chipotle decision

Several of Chipotle Mexican Grill’s employment policies came under the knife recently after the national burrito chain’s response to an employee’s rogue tweets landed it in hot water with the National Labor Relations Board.—Andrew B. Prescott and Jessica Jewell

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