A Midwest specialty medical care clinic has reported to regulators a health data breach affecting 134,000 patients involving one of its critical partners' previous use of Meta Pixel and Google tracking codes embedded in its websites and patient portals.
An update to acquisition regulations within the Department of Veterans Affairs says that contractors have one hour to report a security and privacy incident. The clock starts ticking after the incident has been discovered. The department says the rule change only codifies an existing requirement.
The European Parliament's Pegasus spyware committee heard draft recommendations calling for a ban on the commercial buying and selling of zero-day exploits and for an immediate moratorium on the sale and use of advanced spyware. The committee expects to finalize the recommendations this spring.
When the DOJ announced a "major, international cryptocurrency enforcement action," observers expected to see charges against a well-known firm. Instead, the agency charged a lesser-known figure, Anatoly Legkodymov, the Russian founder of Bitzlato, with facilitating $700 million in illegal activity.
CommonSpirit was negligent in failing to protect sensitive health data, resulting in a compromise affecting at least 623,000 patients and perhaps many more, allege plaintiffs in two proposed class action lawsuits filed against the Chicago-based hospital chain after a 2022 ransomware attack.
European data protection regulators last year imposed known privacy and data breach fines under GDPR collectively worth at least 2.9 billion euros, or $3.1 billion, which was more than double the value of fines issued in 2020, reports law firm DLA Piper.
Shields Health Care Group, a Massachusetts-based medical imaging services provider, is facing two class action lawsuits filed this week - a consolidated federal case and a similar, separate case filed in state court - both in the wake of the same 2022 data breach affecting 2 million individuals.
TikTok must pay a fine of 5 million euros to the French government after the country's data protection agency said the short-form video app violated national privacy law restricting the monitoring of web browser activity. TikTok is at the center of a number of privacy controversies worldwide.
As regulators push healthcare entities and vendors to make it easier for patients to access their electronic health information, organizations must balance compliance with the prevention of potential security breaches, says attorney David Holtzman of HITprivacy LLC.
To help U.S. healthcare sector organizations better tackle some of the top challenges involving vendor risk management, a coalition of CISOs has launched the Health3PT Council. Members John Houston of UMPC and Omar Khawaja, former CISO of Highmark Health, describe the effort.
Managed security services player Cerberus Sentinel plans to capitalize on cloud migration and strict privacy regulations in South America through its proposed purchase of RAN Security. The deal will bolster Cerberus Sentinel's penetration testing, gap analysis and infrastructure management services.
Hacking and third-party business associate incidents were the crux of the largest health data breaches reported to federal regulators in 2022, foreshadowing the top risks and threats that will likely plague healthcare entities and their vendors in the new year, as well.
Many of the major health data breaches being reported to regulators reflect a variety of poor practices by business associates, including retaining sensitive patient information for much longer than necessary, says Kate Borten, president of The Marblehead Group.
A Kansas-based vendor is notifying nearly 250,000 patients that their payment card and other personal information may have been compromised in a hacking incident that dates back to 2019 and involves its colonoscopy prep kit online retail business.
Modernizing data breach notification requirements for the telecommunications sector is the focus of a newly announced Federal Communications Commission proceeding. The rules, last updated in 2007, would push for faster consumer notification and require the reporting of accidental data breaches.