HIPAA Advice

What is the Purpose of HIPAA?

HIPAA was enacted in 1996. In its initial form, the legislation assisting in making sure that workers would go on receiving health insurance coverage when they were moving between jobs. The legislation also required healthcare […]

GDPR Advice

Does GDPR Apply to US Citizens?

If can be confusing to consider what happens when Americans visit an E.U. country in relation to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Are they protected by the legislation? They are, obviously, not […]

HIPAA Advice

HIPAA Compliance and Skype

Skype Text and messaging platforms like it are a very convenient way of quickly sending data however there is still some discussion around how HIPAA compliant Skype actually is. The Skype service incorporates security measures […]

Amazon Facing EU Antitrust Investigation
Cybersecurity

Amazon Facing EU Antitrust Investigation

The European Union’s Competition Commission has initiated an official antitrust investigation to ascertain if Amazon is using sensitive data, gathered from independent retailers who use its marketplace, in breach of EU competition legislation. The Commission […]

HIPAA Advice

HITECH Act Explained

The HITECH Act – or Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act – forms a portion of an economic stimulus program introduced prior to President Trump taking office: The American Recovery and Reinvestment […]

GDPR Advice

GDPR and Payment Services Directive (PSD2)

The Payment Services Directive (PSD2) was enacted by the European Union on January 13 2018 to regulate payment services and payment service providers throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). It replaced the previous E.U. Directive […]

GDPR Advice

Appointing a Nominated European Representative

One of the lesser known obligations under the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, introducing in May 2018, is the appointment of a Nominated European Representative under certain conditions (as per Article 27 of the […]

Cyberlaw

GDPR celebrates its first birthday

Today marks the first anniversary of the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As the solitary candle of the birthday cake is being blown out, we can take a moment to […]

GDPR Advice

GDPR and Medical Devices

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable on May 25, 2018, as did financial penalties for breaching the legislation. Mainly, GDPR is applicable to the back end workings of medical devices there is also […]

HIPAA Updates

25,148 Patients Impacted in Ransomware Attack on the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

A ransomware attack has resulted in widespread file encryption at the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SCADD) in Lebanon, CT. The attack was discovered on February 18, 2019 when problems started to be […]

CCPA News

50% of US Organizations Not Prepared for CCPA

According to a report released by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and OneTrust, prior to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) becoming enforceable on  January 1, 2020, nearly 50% of all companies will […]

GDPR Advice

GDPR and Data Minimization

Data minimization is one of the chief principles of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which states that data processing should only use as much data as is required to complete as assigned […]

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Social Media Rules for HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA was enacted several years prior to social media networks such as Facebook being established, so there are no dedicated HIPAA social media rules; however, there are HIPAA laws and standards that apply to social […]

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Six Recommendations on Privacy Policies Released by Dutch DPA Following Investigation

Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA),  has published six recommendations for companies operating in the Netherlands. The agency says that these guidelines should be considered when drafting privacy policies. The Dutch DPA recommends […]

Cybersecurity

Healthcare Associations ask for Leniency for Breached Entities that Implement Cybersecurity Best Practices

Several healthcare groups have asked for leniency to be shown for healthcare organizations that would mean avoiding financial penalties for breaches of protected health information if the breached entity that has implemented certain standards for […]

HIPAA Advice

How to Manage Your HIPAA Password Requirements

HIPAA password requirements state that procedures must be implemented for creating, changing and securing passwords unless a different, equally-effective security measure is chosen. The password requirements under HIPAA are available the Administrative Safeguards of the […]

CCPA News

CCAP and Cybersecurity

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced new standards for data protection in Europe. Introduced in May 2018, GDPR changed the way that businesses handle collect, handle, and process consumer data. The regulations also granted […]

CCPA News

Are you ready for CCPA?

The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) is due to become enforceable on January 1, 2020. Corporations, government agencies and other groups will be using 2019 to prepare for the new legislation. The proposed legislation allows […]

CCPA News

CCPA Requirements

The Californian Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was signed into law in June 2018. Many data privacy experts have compared CCPA to Europe’s latest data protection legislation, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Much like GDPR, […]