June 02, 2017
NP Privacy Partner
NP Privacy Partner
OCR sends clear HIPAA compliance message, Medicare will remove SSN’s from beneficiary cards, court rules that forensic report is privileged, FERPA overrides public records law, Washington enacts biometrics law, and GAO report on IoT highlights cybersecurity. Here’s what’s trending in data privacy and cybersecurity.
OCR continues to send a clear message that the failure of an entity’s senior management to comply with HIPAA may result in significant penalties.—Valerie Breslin Montague
Medicare recipients will receive new cards replacing their social security numbers with randomly generated unique identifiers.—Steven M. Richard
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights concluded the month of April by announcing two settlements: the first involving The Center for Children's Digestive Health and the second with CardioNet, an ambulatory cardiac monitoring service.—Valerie Breslin Montague
When responding to a data breach, careful attention should be given to the fullest protection of privileges to be asserted in litigation.—Steven M. Richard
Conflicting provisions and policies arise in public records requests seeking FERPA protected student records.—Steven M. Richard
Washington becomes the third state to enact a biometric data privacy law, with other states likely to do the same.—Steven M. Richard
The United States Governmental Accounting Office (GAO) and the Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering issued a report earlier this month on the “Internal of Things” (IoT) and a technological assessment of emerging IoT technologies.—JoAnna R. Nicholson and Allyson M. Beach
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