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June 10, 2016

NP Privacy Partner

Author(s): Rachel L. Conn, Isaac Figueras, Christopher G. Gegwich, Gretchen E. Sherwood, Valerie Breslin Montague, Steven R. Nevolis, Steven M. Richard, Rebecca Simone

The IoT poses vexing privacy issues, providers must be mindful when charging a fee to access PHI, a new framework guides health care research, diverse judicial and regulatory issues arise regarding mobile technologies, and “ban the box” legislation expands.

Consumer Privacy

FTC addresses the dynamics and challenges of the Internet of Things

The FTC details privacy and security concerns and the role of government as the Internet of Things proliferates.—Steven M. Richard

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Heath Care and HIPAA

Office for Civil Rights clarifies permissible fees for HIPAA right of access

Health care providers that opt to charge fees to patients for copies of PHI, whether by paper or electronically, must be mindful to carefully navigate applicable state laws and regulations, HIPAA and the newly issued OCR guidance.—Rebecca Simone

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Precision Medicine Initiative releases Data Security Policy Principles and Framework

The Precision Medicine Initiative has released its Data Security Policy Principles and Framework, hoping to encourage increased buy-in from participants with reassurance that data within the research network will remain secure.—Gretchen E. Harper

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Mobile Technology

Providers to gain insight on IT products through developer transparency requirements

Increased disclosures by IT developers will allow health care providers to make informed decisions on certified health IT products.—Valerie Breslin Montague

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Federal Aviation Administration actions show continued commitment toward balancing drone usage with privacy concerns

Failure to monitor ongoing legislation and the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulatory activities may prove costly to drone pilots.—Isaac R. Figueras

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Fourth Circuit rules that warrant is not required for cell-site tracking

The majority acknowledged that a “per se rule that it is unreasonable to expect privacy in information voluntarily disclosed to third parties seems unmoored from current understandings of privacy.”

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Employee/Workplace Privacy

Continuing to “ban the box”: Vermont is the latest state to prohibit questions to applicants about prior criminal convictions

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law Vermont’s own “ban the box” legislation.—Christopher G. Gegwich and Steven R. Nevolis

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Discipline handed down for 41 Secret Service staffers found to have accessed House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s personnel records

Service staffers were disciplined after accessing, through restricted databases.—Rachel L. Conn

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