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HHS updates online tracker guidance

NT Analyzer blog series, cookieOn March 18, 2024, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an updated, 17-page Bulletin titled “Use of Online Tracking Technologies by HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates (the Bulletin). Our readers may recall that HHS had originally issued the Bulletin in December of 2002, which we summarized here. HHS’ changes are generally clarifications … Continue reading

FTC Enforcement Possible for Failing to Guard Against Ransomware

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightRecent comments by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez suggest that a company’s failure to take preventative measures to address ransomware could result in an enforcement action by the FTC, even if a company is never actually subject to a ransomware attack. The Chairwoman’s comments reflect a growing concern among US government agencies regarding ransomware and may … Continue reading

HHS Update: Looking Toward Audits and Increased Enforcement

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThe Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) are capping off a very active 2016. In the last 6 months, the OCR has released a new audit protocol, announced new rounds of HIPAA audits, and stepped up enforcement. The flurry of activity comes after a prolonged period of anticipation in … Continue reading

Your Money or Your PHI: New Guidance on Ransomware

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightOn June 12, 2016, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance, entitled “FACT SHEET: Ransomware and HIPAA,” in response to the rising number of ransomware attacks perpetrated against healthcare entities. The guidance addresses Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) issues that may arise when medical records containing Protected Health Information (PHI) are compromised … Continue reading

New HIPAA compliance resource available to mobile health app developers

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightAs we reported on the Health Law Pulse blog, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has unveiled a new resource to provide mobile health developers guidance on complying with applicable Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements. The portal allows developers to submit questions and offer comments on existing OCR guidance regarding how mobile medical applications … Continue reading
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