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Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Katherine Gasztonyi

FPF Releases Guide for Consumer Wearables and Wellness Apps and Devices

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released a set of detailed guidelines for the collection and use of consumer-generated wellness data. The document, Best Practices for Consumer Wearables & Wellness Apps & Devices, was drafted by FPF with input from a wide range of stakeholders, including privacy advocates, companies, and regulators. The Best PracticesContinue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy

OCR Highlights Priorities as it Steps Up HIPAA Enforcement

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched the long-awaited Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program.¬†Earlier this month, the agency posted two resolution agreements that continue the trend toward big dollar settlement amounts and a focus on security risk assessments and business associate agreements. With Phase 2 HIPAA Audits underway and more … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy

OCR Releases mHealth Guidance for App Developers

Following the launch of its mHealth Developer Portal last October, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released guidance clarifying how HIPAA applies to mobile health apps.¬†Ensuring that developers understand their legal obligations is critical to protecting consumer privacy and security, especially now that there are more than 165,000 health apps available in the iTunes and Android app … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Paul OttoJared Bomberg

Key U.S. Cybersecurity Provisions Signed into Law

Last month, tucked into a 2,000-page spending bill, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) was enacted into law. Years in the making, CISA is intended to incentivize organizations to share cyber threat indicators with the federal government and to promote the dissemination of this information to organizations facing similar threats. CISA sponsors and supporters hope that such information … Continue Reading