Jul 292016
 July 29, 2016  Posted by  Healthcare

Paige Jennings writes:

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), released a report to Congress highlighting “large gaps” in policies and oversight surrounding access to and security and privacy of health information held by certain “mHealth technologies” and “health social media.”

mHealth technologies may include wearables, such as fitness trackers, as well as personal health records and other cloud- or mobile-based tools that collect health information from consumers.

Read more on Covington & Burling Inside Privacy.

Jul 292016
 July 29, 2016  Posted by  Healthcare

Healthcare professionals should know all this already, but there’s a well-written piece for the public on myths about what HIPAA does and does not do.  One of the best lines in the piece, in my opinion, is that HIPAA was intended to be a valve, not a blockage.

Come to think of it, maybe readers who are covered by HIPAA do need to read it, too. Too many seem to think we can’t share information when we can.

In any event, take a moment to read the piece. It may come in handy some day for yourself, your family, or your friends.

Jul 292016
 July 29, 2016  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Graeme Burton reports:

document disclosed by Privacy International showed that a secret briefing with MI5 in 2007 persuaded the judges that they did not have to disclose the bulk personal datasets of information that they held on citizens to the Tribunal.

The decision meant that, as complaints were brought to the Tribunal, it did not get to see the full extent of information that MI5 held about people in bulk personal datasets.

The Tribunal was therefore unable to carry out its work effectively, and failed in its duty to provide oversight for the secret services’ data collection activities, according to the rights group.

Read more on The Inquirer.

Jul 292016
 July 29, 2016  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S.

Stephen Jewkes reports:

Italy’s data privacy regulator on Friday said Alphabet’s Google had met its requests to change the way it treats and stores user data to bring practices into line with Italian rules.

Two years ago, the watchdog told Google its disclosure to users on how their data was being treated was inadequate, giving it 18 months to comply fully and indicating a series of measures that needed to be carried out.

Read more on Reuters.