Healthcare data breaches are on the rise-recent estimates peg the number of patient records breached in 2019 as exceeding 41 million individuals.  Additionally, approximately 60% of all healthcare data breaches are caused by internal actors—a statistic underscored by consecutive data breach class actions filed against the Mayo Clinic concerning the unauthorized access of patient records.

In 2019, the health care sector was the most frequent target of cybercriminals.  This trend has persisted in 2020.  As CPW’s Kristin Bryan covered, in response to this growing threat, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a

Yesterday the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued its Fiscal Year 2020 Agency Financial Report (the “Report”) which describes the agency’s key program performance for FY 2020.  As readers of CPW already know, the FTC is an independent U.S. law enforcement agency charged with protecting consumers and enhancing competition across broad sectors of the economy.  The

This year has accelerated advancements in mobile health which will have wide ranging implications for consumer data privacy,  the health care diagnostic supply chain, and the healthcare industry more broadly.  Conceptually, mobile health could become to human health care the analogue of what automotive computers are to vehicles — diagnostic tools that allow continual and

This fall California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 713 into law, which more closely aligns CCPA to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and other laws governing scientific research.  Although this measure may help ease compliance challenges for the health care and life sciences industries, the changes only exempt from

One of the biggest developments this year in the area of healthcare data privacy concerns information blocking.  What is information blocking?  Good question.  Generally, it refers to a practice by a health IT developer of certified health IT, health information network, health information exchange, or health care provider that, except as required by law or

On July 21, 2020 the FTC hosted its Fifth PrivacyCon-an event where researchers convene with FTC officials to discuss cutting-edge issues related to consumer privacy and security.  Because PrivacyCon can be a harbinger of FTC activity, CPW attended PrivacyCon and reported on various developments of interest.  Much of the focus this year was on healthcare