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UK Government Announces Review Into Use Of Health Data For Research And Analysis

United Kingdom - February 10 2021 On February 9, 2021, the UK Government’s Department for Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) announced a review into the efficient and safe use of health…

FTC Reaches Settlement with Digital Health App, Requires First Notice of Privacy Action

USA - February 8 2021 The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced this month a proposed settlement against Flo Health, Inc. (“Flo”), the developer of popular menstrual…

M.D. Anderson Wins Appeal Over $4.3 Million HIPAA Penalty

USA - February 8 2021 On January 14, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a $4.3 million civil monetary penalty that the Office for Civil…

HITECH Amendment Provides Some Protection For Covered Entities and Business Associates that Adopt Recognized Security Standards

USA - February 1 2021 On January 5, 2021, an amendment to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act was signed into law. The…

European Commission Conducts Open Consultation on the European Health Data Space Initiative

European Union - January 25 2021 On December 23, 2020, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its inception impact assessment (“Inception Impact Assessment”) of policy…

Proposed New EU Cyber Rules Introduce More Onerous Requirements and Extend to More Sectors

European Union - January 15 2021 In addition to releasing the new EU Cybersecurity Strategy before the holidays (see our post here), the Commission published a revised Directive on…

UK’s Department of Health and Social Care Publishes Updated Guidance on Good Practice for Digital and Data-Driven Health Technologies

United Kingdom - January 11 2021 On January 6, 2021 the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) published “A Guide to Good Practice for Digital and Data-Driven Health…

HHS Announces Proposed Changes to HIPAA’s Privacy Rule

USA - December 21 2020 On December 10, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a proposed rule to modify…

CISA and MS-ISAC Release Joint Guide on Ransomware

USA - October 19 2020 On September 30, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center…

California AG Settlement Suggests Privacy and Security Practices of Digital Health Apps May Provide Fertile Ground for Enforcement Activity

USA - October 16 2020 California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (“AG”) announced in September a settlement against Glow, Inc., resolving allegations that the fertility app…