The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection plans to appeal an FTC administrative law judge's initial decision to dismiss the FTC's data security enforcement case against LabMD, a cancer testing laboratory.
As precision medicine research advances, the medical community must take steps to address the privacy risks to sensitive genetic information that is shared among researchers, says Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University.
The U.K. government's response to whistleblower Edward Snowden's warnings that the U.S. and Britain had created a massive surveillance state has been to attempt to codify and expand those surveillance powers while also debating oversight and related matters in public for the first time.
Now that it has issued a 10-year roadmap for secure, interoperable health information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has a number of privacy-related projects planned for 2016, says Lucia Savage, ONC's chief privacy officer. She spells those out in this in-depth interview.
LifeLock says it has reached a tentative agreement on a settlement with the FTC regarding alleged information security shortcomings and other issues. It says it's also reached agreement on a proposed settlement of a related consumer class action lawsuit. The stock market reacted favorably to the announcements.
Overcoming misperceptions about the HIPAA Privacy Rule will prove vital to achieving nationwide, secure health data exchange, says attorney Jodi Daniel, who until recently helped develop federal policy.
Devin Jopp, CEO of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, describes a new effort to develop recommendations for how to protect genomic data as it's exchanged, as is called for under President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative.
Apple has removed hundreds of apps from its App Store for violating its user-tracking guidelines. Chinese mobile advertising firm Youmi has issued "sincere apologies" for the tracking behavior and promised to compensate affected developers.
FBI Director James Comey's declaration that the Obama administration will not pursue legislation to require vendors to create a backdoor that would permit law enforcement to circumvent encryption on mobile devices isn't the end of the matter.