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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2014

In This Issue: - EU Parliament Cements Position on Privacy Protection Reform - EU Parliament Passes Cybersecurity Directive - SEC Holds Roundtable on Cybersecurity - EU and APEC Introduce Guide for...more

Privacy Class Action – Theories of Liability – 2013 Year in Review

One hot area of data privacy litigation over the past several years has been data breach class actions brought under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”), which provides that a person may recover...more

Privacy Monday – January 13, 2014

These are busy times in the data privacy/security world. If Misery Loves Company, Target Has Friends - Target was not the only target of data thieves this holiday season. Reports over the weekend revealed that...more

How To Catch-Up in a Revised HIPAA World

The HIPAA final omnibus rule (Omnibus Rule) made sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules earlier this year. Although the compliance deadline of September 23, 2013 has come...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Changes to California Privacy Law Have Nationwide Implications - The FTC Brings Its First Enforcement Action Against the ‘Internet of Things’ - Fifth Circuit Ruling Provides New...more

Has the FTC Met Its Match?

Companies across the Country should be following the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) civil suit brought against Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC (“Wyndham”) entitled Federal Trade...more

Your Cat’s Name Could Soon Be Your “Personal Information”: 4 Steps You Can Take to Prepare Yourself for the Proposed Expansion of...

As we learned this summer, online account usernames can be, well . . . somewhat embarrassing when made public. Here in California, however, that type of username or an email address, in combination with a password or...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Lack Standing under Clapper to Sue Barnes & Noble for Credit Card Data Breach

Relying heavily on the Supreme Court’s recent Clapper decision, a federal court dismissed a class action lawsuit arising out of a “skimming” data breach against Barnes & Noble (BN)....more

Health Plan Fined for HIPAA Breach Relating to Information Stored on Photocopiers

On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced that it had reached a $1,215,780 settlement with Affinity Health Plan, Inc., a not-for-profit managed care plan serving the New...more

HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Compliance Date Is Only Two Months Away

The compliance date for the omnibus final rule amending the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information...more

Beyond Privacy Policies: Practical Privacy For Web Sites And Mobile Apps

In this environment of growing attention to the risks of data security breaches, and in the midst of an explosion of mobile applications that make data storage an increasingly far-flung proposition, many organizations assume...more

HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule – published Jan. 25, 2013

Six Points Health Care Professionals and Organizations (and those who do business with them) Need To Know NOW: - Possible fines have increased dramatically. Under prior law, fines were capped at $100 per violation, with...more

Blood Bank Settles FTC Complaint About Customer Data Privacy

Any company that collects personal information about individuals, such as credit card numbers and social security numbers, must be very careful about the way in which it stores and secures that information. Even a blood bank...more

Final HIPAA Regulations: What's Changed (and What Hasn't) for Group Health Plans

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OCR”) has issued final regulations modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy, Security, Breach...more

Burr Alert: New HIPAA Rules Issued: “Sweeping” Changes For Healthcare Providers And Business Associates

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its long awaited final HIPAA rule, which significantly expands certain obligations for healthcare providers and their business associates (the...more

The Download - January 2013

In this issue: Heard on the Hill - Congress Updates the Video Privacy Protection Act - Congressional Developments in Mobile Privacy Around the Agencies: - FTC Updates COPPA Rule - Mobile Privacy Still...more

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert: New HIPAA regulations - Begin your compliance review now

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security regulations and implementing the Health...more

FTC Fines Path Mobile Social Networking App $800,000 for Privacy Breaches

The developer of the popular Path social networking app for mobile devices has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived users by collecting their personal information without their consent. As part...more

A Detailed Analysis of Changes to HIPAA and the Implications for Healthcare Providers and Others in the Healthcare Industry: HIPAA...

Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Background: The HIPAA Privacy Rule governs the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (“PHI”). Prior to the HITECH Act, the Privacy Rule only applied to Covered Entities...more

The HIPAA “Omnibus” Final Rule - Revisions to the Rules on Breach Notification; Notice of Privacy Practices; and Marketing and...

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (the "Department") issued the "Omnibus" Final Rule (the "Final Rule") on January 17th, 2013. The Final Rule contains long-awaited rules and clarifications regarding...more

New HIPAA Omnibus Rule Implementing Provisions Of The HITECH Act: An Overview Of Changes

Final implementing regulations for many provisions of the HITECH Act (Health Insurance Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) were issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently, and appeared...more

OCR Issues Long-Awaited Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rules: Significant Changes for Business Associates and Breach Analysis

The wait is finally over. On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued the final “omnibus” rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification...more

A Comprehensive Summary of the Final Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rules: Key Provisions and What They Mean for You

Executive Summary - On January 25, 2013, the Federal Register will publish final omnibus rules written by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to modify the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach...more

HHS Finalizes Comprehensive Modifications to HIPAA Regulations in Omnibus Final Rule

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) released in pre-publication form the rule commonly known as the “HIPAA Omnibus Rule,” which we refer to below as the...more

HHS Issues Final Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rule

On January 17, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the long-awaited omnibus final rule (the Rule) implementing changes in current regulations under the Health...more

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