Federal regulators plan to seek public comments on whether the HIPAA rules create barriers to sharing patient information among healthcare providers, hampering the ability to coordinate care. But some regulatory experts argue the problem is not the rules, but misunderstandings about what they allow.
Months after the New Jersey attorney general's office smacked a medical practice with a hefty penalty for a 2016 breach, the office has signed a $200,000 settlement with the group's business associate that was responsible for the incident and banned its owner from managing or owning a business in the state.
Private sector organizations in Canada must now report all serious data breaches to the country's privacy watchdog as a result of new provisions in Canada's PIPEDA privacy law. Violators face fines of up to $100,000 for every breach victim they fail to notify or breach they attempt to hide.
A coding error in a portal of the Employee Retirement System of Texas inadvertently allowed some users to view the information of others, potentially exposing information on 1.25 million of its members. Why are breaches involving coding mishaps so common?
Health insurer Anthem had earned HITRUST Common Security Framework certification before its mega-breach. Now that the insurer has agreed to a $16 million HIPAA settlement with federal regulators, who spelled out the company's security shortcomings, it's worth scrutinizing the value of adopting a framework.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the results of over 1,000 cyberattack investigations in the U.K. Also: an update on the proposed NIST privacy framework and a report on voter registration information for sale on the dark web.
Health insurer Aetna is still paying the price for two 2017 privacy breaches involving mailings that potentially exposed HIV and cardiac condition information about thousands of individuals. Here's the latest update.
The disagreements continue over Australia's efforts to pass legislation that would help law enforcement counter encryption. Technology companies and civil liberties organizations contend the latest draft of legislation would allow for too much secrecy and imperil privacy and security.
Building on the success of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is in the early stages of developing a privacy framework. The effort will kick off with a workshop Tuesday in Austin, Texas, explains Naomi Lefkovitz, who is leading the project.
Although HIPAA gives patients the right to access their health records in their preferred format - on paper or electronically - a new study finds discrepancies in the information hospitals provide to patients regarding the release of their records, pointing to the need for better training.
Google blames a bug in an API for its Google+ social networking service for exposing personal details of about 500,000 users' accounts, but says it doesn't believe the information was misused. The company was forced to acknowledge the March incident after it was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Although the passage by Congress of the Support for Patients and Communities Act this week is an important step in the nation's battle against the opioid drug addiction crisis, it lacks a critical privacy provision, says Geisinger Health CIO John Kravitz, who analyzes the implications.
The healthcare sector needs to continue upping its ante in cybersecurity to prevent potentially catastrophic "doomsday" events that could devastate regional healthcare systems, says Erik Decker, CISO of the University of Chicago Medicine. He's helping draft a guide to mitigating five key cyber threats.
Warning: Attackers behind the recently revealed Facebook mega-breach may still be able to access victims' accounts at some third-party web services and mobile apps, and Facebook has offered no timeline for when a full lockdown might occur - although there are no signs of third-party account takeovers.
While Facebook has invalidated 90 million users' single sign-on access tokens following a mega-breach, researchers warn that most access token hijacking victims still lack any reliable "single sign-off" capabilities that will revoke attackers' access to hyper-connected web services and mobile apps.