As HHS weighs potential modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, regulators must consider aligning those changes with other health data regulations that deal with privacy, patient access to records and secure exchange of electronic health information, some industry groups commenting on the proposal say.
As patients more commonly use smartphones and APIs to access their health information, critical security and privacy considerations need to be top of mind, says Micky Tripathi, the new national coordinator for health IT at HHS.
Recent incidents involving inadvertent exposure of patient data on GitHub, a software development platform, point to the need to ensure that data loss prevention tools are implemented, all available security controls are leveraged and employees are made aware of the risks involved.
Some security experts are questioning whether Experian is doing enough to ensure security after a researcher discovered that an API the credit reporting firm uses to allow lenders to check the credit score of prospective borrowers could expose customer's scores.
Law enforcement agencies use forensics tools from Israeli company Cellebrite to gain access to locked mobile devices and extract data. But the creator of encrypted messaging app Signal says he's found vulnerabilities in Cellebrite's tools, raising questions about whether the extracted data can be trusted.
A proposed privacy framework from the eHealth Initiative & Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology aims to set standards for the collection, disclosure and use of health data that falls outside the protection of HIPAA, says attorney Andrew Crawford of CDT.
Ireland's privacy regulator has launched an investigation into Facebook after personal information for 533 million of the social network's users appeared for sale online. It will analyze whether Facebook violated the country's data protection law or the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.
The Russian state-sponsored group Fancy Bear was responsible for breaches at the Swedish Sports Confederation that resulted in hackers accessing sensitive athlete information, including doping test results, according to the Swedish Prosecution Authority. But Sweden will not pursue legal action in the case.
Chad Wolf, the former acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, has confirmed the accuracy of an earlier news report saying that the SolarWinds supply chain attackers gained access to his unclassified DHS email accounts, which included calendar details.
Criminals love to amass and sell vast quantities of user data, but not all data leaks necessarily pose a risk to users. Even so, the ease with which would-be attackers can amass user data is a reminder to organizations to lock down inappropriate access as much as possible.
The new world of "work from anywhere" is all about connecting users to applications. “It’s just different,” says iBoss CEO Paul Martini. Yet, many enterprises still approach this new dynamic with the wrong security mindset. Martini outlines what they’re missing.
Long-awaited federal information blocking and health IT interoperability regulations went into effect this week. They are designed to give patients improved access to their records, including via smartphone apps, and make it easier for organizations to share records in an effort to improve treatment.
At least 14 lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed against Accellion in the wake of breaches of the vendor's 20-year-old File Transfer Appliance. A motion to consolidate the cases has also been filed.
A bipartisan group of senators has sent a letter to Google, Twitter, Verizon, AT&T and online advertising firms and networks raising national security concerns about the selling of citizens' personal data, which could end up in the hands of foreign governments.