For the second time this year, health insurer EmblemHealth has been hit with a state financial penalty in connection with a 2016 breach that exposed Social Security numbers on mailings to more than 81,000 plan members.
Will the Department of Health and Human Services' request for feedback on potential changes to HIPAA eventually result in modifications to the regulation, including certain provisions that touch on privacy and security issues? There's a long road to travel before any changes actually might get made.
In its third enforcement action in recent weeks, federal regulators have hit a Colorado medical center with a HIPAA fine in a case involving failure to terminate a former employee's remote access to patient data. Other organizations can use the case as a "teachable moment," one attorney advises.
Breach victims who sign up for free fraud-monitoring services from breached businesses that lost control of their data often sign away their right to join class-action lawsuits or pursue other legal actions, and Marriott proved to be no exception, following its mega-breach. But it now appears to be backing off.
Is there anything better than being offered one year of "free" identity theft monitoring? Regularly offered with strings attached by organizations that mishandled your personal details, the efficacy and use of such services looks set for a U.S. Government Accountability Office review.
The massive data breach suffered by Equifax in 2017 "was entirely preventable," according to a report released by the House Oversight Committee's Republican majority. Some Democratic lawmakers have slammed the report for failing to advance legislative or oversight changes to help prevent breaches.
The U.K.'s privacy watchdog says that six months after enforcement of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation began, it's seen a dramatic increase in data breach reports - as well as privacy complaints from the public.
The Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council recently unveiled the Cybersecurity Profile - a framework that integrates widely used standards and supervisory expectations to help financial institutions develop cyber risk management programs. Josh Magri of the Bank Policy Institute outlines key elements.
Australia's Parliament has passed new laws enabling it to compel technology companies to break their own encryption. Although the government argued the laws are needed to combat criminal activity and terrorism, opponents argued the powers could creep beyond their scope and weaken the security of all software.
Understanding where data is stored so it can be protected, overcoming security misconfiguration and improving vendor management diligence are three top challenges for healthcare organizations, says Chris Bowen of ClearDATA.
An update on the hacking of email accounts of four senior aides within the National Republican Congressional Committee leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: An analysis of when the first major fines for violations of the EU's GDPR could be issued.
Two health IT professional associations are urging Congress to "modernize" HIPAA to extend patients' rights to securely access, view, download and transmit their health information - including health data not currently covered under HIPAA. Regulatory experts size up whether the proposed changes are feasible.
A batch of documents meant to be kept under court seal lays bare Facebook's strategic brokering of access to user data to reward partners and punish potential rivals. The material also demonstrates Facebook's views at the time on privacy and the risks of leaking data.
What are three burning questions regarding legal and compliance issues that enterprise security leaders should ponder as they head into 2019? Ed Amoroso, former CISO of AT&T and current CEO of TAG Cyber, outlines the questions and possible answers.