The new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement will be called "Privacy Shield." Beyond that, however, the actual details of the agreement - and whether it will pass muster with the EU's privacy commissioners or high court - appear to be a work in progress.
As the federal government moves forward with a long list of endeavors - including a "moonshot to end cancer" - focused on boosting medical innovations, it's critical that patient privacy and data security stay top of mind.
The Obama administration's initiative to move much of the U.S. federal government's security clearance responsibilities to the Defense Department from the Office of Personnel Management is receiving mixed reviews from security experts and lawmakers.
It's time to start to think about the cybersecurity agenda for the 45th president of the United States, who takes office a year from this week. What's on your list of cybersecurity challenges the next president must tackle?
Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule changes in pending federal legislation could lead to elimination of the requirement to de-identify patient data that's used for research purposes, raising questions about whether that data will be at a higher risk for breaches, warns data de-identification expert Khaled El Emam.
If federal regulators pull the plug on the HITECH Act's "meaningful use" incentive program for electronic health records, they must devise bold new ways to help ensure that data stored in EHR systems is secure.
A federal official's comments this week that the government is "ending" the HITECH Act's "meaningful use" incentive program for electronic health records is raising numerous questions, including what's next for health data privacy and security regulations.
In 2016, the healthcare sector faces a variety of complex legislative and regulatory issues, especially those tied to patient privacy, says attorney Kirk Nahra. For example, new rules could emerge covering the use of patient data in research.
To help remove perceived obstacles, federal regulators have issued new guidance on patients' rights under HIPAA to access their health records. Find out what the guidance says about the use of unencrypted email and other key issues.
The New York Attorney General's settlement with taxi-hailing platform Uber - over alleged customer data privacy violations and a delayed data breach notification - provides a best practice security template for any organization that handles customer data.
A modification to the HIPAA Privacy Rule designed to help identify those who are prohibited, for specific mental health reasons, from having a firearm will have little impact on most healthcare providers because it's so narrow in scope.
In the largest monetary award obtained by the FTC in an enforcement action, LifeLock has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a case that, in part, stemmed from the identity protection company failing to establish and maintain an information security program to protect customers' personally identifiable information.
As it continues to ramp up its cybersecurity enforcement efforts, the FTC could take action next year against consumer wearable device makers if they fail to live up to their promises to protect the privacy of health data and other information, says researcher Stephen Cobb, who also expects scrutiny from the FDA.
A detailed new report to Congress recommends several steps to ease the secure sharing of patient information, paving the way for better coordination of care and improved patient outcomes. What hurdles were identified?