Feb 282019
 February 28, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, U.S., Youth & Schools

Scott Jaschik reports:

Donald Trump and his representatives threatened the colleges he attended and the College Board that he would sue them if records about his academic performance ever became public, Michael Cohen said Wednesday in testimony to a House of Representatives panel.

In explaining why he calls the president a con man, Cohen said, in prepared testimony, “When I say con man, I’m talking about a man who declares himself brilliant but directed me to threaten his high school, his colleges and the College Board to never release his grades or SAT scores. As I mentioned, I’m giving the committee today copies of a letter I sent at Mr. Trump’s direction threatening these schools with civil and criminal actions if Mr. Trump’s grades or SAT scores were ever disclosed without his permission.”

Read more on Inside Higher Ed.

Would this be an okay time to remind everyone that FERPA has no individual cause of action?  Trump could not have sued over FERPA violations.  All he could do civilly would be to ask the US Department of Education to cut off all federal funds to any university or college that had revealed his protected education records—  if those entities were receiving federal supports.


Feb 282019
 February 28, 2019  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Healthcare

Seen on Foley Hoag’s Security, Privacy, and the Law blog:

Partner Colin Zick and Associate Jeremy Meisinger presented to the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association on the legal issues presented by the continued development of voice technology in healthcare.  Click here to download the slides.

Feb 282019
 February 28, 2019  Posted by  Govt, Laws, U.S.

Dennis Fisher reports:

These are strange times in Washington. Congress, which has spent decades conspicuously showing only the most passing interest in privacy, suddenly is awash in proposed privacy legislation and the calendars in both chambers are crowded with committee hearings on the topic. The unending string of breaches and data-misuse and abuse scandals, coupled with increasing consumer outrage, has apparently combined to accomplish that most difficult of tasks: convincing Congress to act.

But there’s a significant difference between knowing that something must be done and knowing what do. Right now, Congress seems to be stranded somewhere between those two mileposts, and a pair of hearings this week on Capitol Hill did not produce much evidence that is going to change soon.

Read more on Decipher.