HHS Should Require the Encryption of Portable Devices to Curb Health Data Breaches

Many companies use encryption on their portable devices, but the continuing parade of health data breaches demonstrates that too many organizations have yet to do the same. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) should consider revising the Security Rule to outright require encryption for portable devices containing the protected health information of 500 or more patients….

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The Global Internet: Approching Critical Inflection Point

Each year CDT holds an annual dinner attended by so many of Washington's technology savvy policy makers, activists, innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate executives that it has been dubbed by the media as "the Tech Prom."  The theme of this year's dinner was an "Internet without borders," a timely subject given the historic events unfolding throughout the Arab world today. My…

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CDT Garners IAPP Privacy Leadership Award

CDT today received the 2011 Privacy Leadership Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The award was given in recognition of CDT’s consistent commitment to “furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues and advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy profession,” the IAPP said. CDT President Leslie Harris accepted the award at the

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To Identify or Not to Identify, That Is the Question

Google recently published a blog post that explained, in no uncertain terms, that the company is committed to supporting individuals who want to browse the web and share information without identifying themselves. The blog post emphasized that the Web should allow three kinds of interactions: anonymous, pseudonymous, and identified. While some online functions may require identity, and…

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Social Networking Sites – They’re Not Just for Revolutions Anymore

Social networking sites are growing in importance as tools for individuals seeking health care information and support. Last week, the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) and the Pew Research Center jointly issued an interesting study describing how individuals use health-related social networking sites – and when they prefer to tap the expertise of health care professionals. While the…

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For Privacy, European Commission Must Be Innovative

This post is part of “CDT Fellows Focus,” a series that presents the views of notable experts on tech policy issues. This month, CDT Fellow Omer Tene writes about the consultation launched by the European Commission to update the European Union Data Protection Directive. Posts featured in “CDT Fellows Focus” don’t necessarily reflect the views of CDT; the…

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Four Myths About ‘Do Not Track’ Technology

Almost ten years after Congress first attempted to pass privacy legislation – and failed – public outcry regarding privacy is reaching a pique. Spurred by media reports, such as the Wall Street Journal's "What They Know" series, a number of privacy bills have emerged in Congress, and debate has inevitably ensued. One of the most talked about…

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The First HIPAA Civil Monetary Penalty

Americans have a legal right to access their medical records under HIPAA, the nation’s foremost health care privacy law, but health care companies and providers don’t always honor patient requests for access. Throughout HIPAA’s history, only a handful of health care companies have been publicly sanctioned for failing to comply with HIPAA privacy and patient access requirements….

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