What’s trending on NP Privacy Partner

May 03, 2018

NP Privacy Partner

Author(s): Jenny L. Holmes, Eric M. Ferrante, Jena M. Grady, Michal E. Ovadia, Valerie Breslin Montague

Facebook to permit users to "clear history," London police launch cybersecurity training initiative, SAMHSA and ONC issue new Part 2 guidance and more. Here’s what’s trending in data privacy and cybersecurity.


Facebook to permit users to "clear history"

On May 1, 2018, Facebook announced a new tool that allows users to see and delete identifying information Facebook collected from other websites and apps that run its tracking tool. The new control setting, called “Clear History,” will permit users to delete their browsing history from their account and turn off Facebook’s ability to store personal data in a manner that identifies the account.—Jenny L. Holmes

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London police launch cybersecurity training initiative

The new initiative, dubbed “Cyber Griffin,” will focus on educating and training individuals at all levels of business about potential cyberthreats and best practices for preventing them.—Eric M. Ferrante

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European Commission proposes law on cross-border electronic evidence

On April 17, 2018, the European Commission proposed a regulation on cross-border access to and preservation of electronic data held by service providers. Concurrently, the Commission proposed a law requiring all service providers to appoint a legal representative within the EU. The goal of this combined legislation, according to the Commission, is to streamline mutual legal assistance in criminal cases.—SKarina Puttieva

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Health Care and HIPAA

SAMHSA and ONC issue new Part 2 guidance

On May 2, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released two fact sheets to assist providers and health information exchange organizations navigate the complexities of 42 CFR Part (Part 2).—Jena Grady

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Data Breach

Oregon strengthens data breach notification law, though HIPAA entities are exempt

Oregon Governor signed into law a new measure imposing a 45-day reporting requirement on organizations that are responsible for, or otherwise become aware of, data breaches.—Michal Ovadia

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OCR issues guidance on health care organization contingency plans

Health care entities must design and implement plans to contain damage and continue operations when disasters hit.—Valerie Breslin Montague

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Employee/Workplace Privacy

Westchester County, New York, prohibits employers from asking applicants about their wage history

In an effort to prevent the perpetuation of the gender wage gap, Westchester County, New York, joins the City of New York and Albany County as the latest Empire State municipality to make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to ask an applicant about his or her wage history or taking such information into account when setting initial compensation, unless voluntarily disclosed by the applicant to negotiate higher pay.—Christopher G. Gegwich and Tony Dulgerian

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