Daily Dashboard | Aug 31, 2012
With regulators around the world calling for organizations to be accountable with their privacy practices, often privacy officers struggle to manage such requirements with limited resources. The challenges faced by privacy officers can include “communicating a definitive privacy-management program, leveraging and motivating individuals throughout the organization and justifying the business case to obtain the necessary resources,” writes Nymity President and Founder Terry McQuay, CIPP/C, CIPP/E,... Read more
Bloomberg Business reports that the same hacking group that stole sensitive records from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Anthem also breached United Airlines. Manifests were compromised, which include passenger names, travel times, arrivals and departures. Security professionals believe such data can be cross-referenced with other data stolen from Anthem and the OPM to create detailed maps of U.S. citizens and increase the possibility of advanced and precise targets for blackmail an... Read more
The New York Times published an online tool to gauge not only which elements of your personal information have been leaked but also how many times it was accessed by hackers depending on your online registrations, purchases or enrollments with companies such as Target, Anthem or Neiman Marcus. “How can you protect yourself in the future? It’s pretty simple: You can’t,” the report states. “But you can take a few steps to make things harder for criminals,” like two-factor authentication, frequent ... Read more
The White House responded in separate statements to two petitions—the first calling for the pardon of Edward Snowden and the second calling for Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform. Regarding Snowden, the White House responded that his “dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country,” adding, “He should come home to the United States and be judged by a jury of his peers.” However, the White House agreed... Read more
Patient Privacy Rights’ Deborah Peel believes recent legislative moves such as the 21st Century Cures bill lack innovation and put the patient second, FierceHealthIT reports. “The problems of interoperability of data, the 21st Century Cures bill and the calls to create a national patient identifier are all proposals to solve today's problems with yesterday's technology—pressure to open up commercial use of health information. This doesn't have anything to do with research and cures," Peel ... Read more
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