President Obama is expected to soon sign the 21st Century Cures Act, which the Senate passed on Dec. 7. Among its long list of provisions, the bill lays out a number of privacy and security-related projects for HHS, including imposing fines on those that intentionally block health data information sharing.
Today's ISMG Security Report leads off with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson lamenting about the congressional bureaucracy that hinders passage of needed cybersecurity legislation.
The House has easily approved a heavily reworked version of the 21st Century Cures bill that was stripped of controversial proposed changes to HIPAA. The measure, which would provide $6.3 billion for various efforts to advance medical innovation and is backed by the White House, will proceed to the Senate next week.
The House is slated to vote Nov. 30 on a heavily reworked version of the 21st Century Cures bill that no longer includes a controversial provision calling for significant changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
President-elect Donald Trump hopes to dismantle Dodd-Frank, which could spell trouble for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - an agency created in 2010 to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive and fraudulent business practices.
Western experts evaluating China's new cybersecurity law contend it will do very little to safeguard information but will erode privacy rights and make it harder for foreign enterprises to do business in China.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCall calls on Congress to increase spending on quantum computing research to ensure that the United States is the first nation to employ quantum computing as a tool to decrypt data. "We can't lose this one to the Chinese," he says.
A Congressional proposal that would allow HHS to offer technical assistance to private-sector efforts aimed at solving the problem of matching the right records to the right patient could pave the way for a significant breakthrough, says Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of AHIMA, which represents records professionals.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation to encourage agencies to use secure cloud computing services as an alternative to continued reliance on legacy systems, which some government officials and IT security practitioners say puts data at risk.
Businesses on both sides of the Atlantic are lauding the new U.S.-EU Privacy Shield, which gives them a legal way to handle Europeans' personal data. But privacy rights groups have criticized the agreement for falling short of the EU's own privacy protections.
A new EU law will impose minimum cybersecurity measures on organizations as well as require enterprises across multiple sectors - including the likes of Amazon and Google - to report security breaches to authorities.
Would access to better information pertaining to encryption help Congress pass good crypto-related laws? That's the impetus behind a "Digital Security Commission" and a related report being hawked by some lawmakers.
"Brexit" means that British law enforcement agencies will likely have a harder time taking a bite out of cybercrime as well-regarded intelligence-sharing relationships get severed and must be renegotiated.