Tech companies join forces to improve health care data sharing

(Aug 14, 2018) A group of major tech companies is joining forces to improve data sharing between health care organizations, CNBC reports. IBM, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and Salesforce released a joint statement during the Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference stating they are committed to “removing barriers for the adoption of technologies for healthcare interoperability, particularly those that are enabled through the cloud and AI.” The tech companies aim to build tools for the health care industry based aro... Read More

IAPP web con: 'How Privacy Tech Is Bought and Deployed'

(Aug 14, 2018) The IAPP and TrustArc polled 328 privacy professionals about buying and deploying privacy technology, a study that comes as the number of technology solutions continues to trend upward. As more strict privacy laws come into effect, privacy teams need to know what tools are worth their costs and which ones are not ready to be put in use. Join the IAPP Aug. 16 for this interactive web conference as the authors of the report discuss its findings. Speakers for the web conference include IAPP Knowled... Read More

ICO appoints Simon McDougall to new executive tech, policy position

(Aug 13, 2018) The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office has announced the appointment of Simon McDougall, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, to a newly created executive-level position that will report directly to Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. McDougall will join the agency as its first-ever executive director for technology policy and innovation. According to the ICO, McDougall will lead strategic approaches to data subjects' information rights and promote legally compliant practices for processing personal data. In this... Read More

Consent-management platforms becoming hot commodities in post-GDPR world

(Aug 13, 2018) Publishers are gravitating toward consent-management platforms in order to maintain compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, Digiday reports. For the month of August, 31 percent of publishers in the U.K. and 27 percent in the U.S. reported using CMPs, with both regions seeing double-digit increases from July. Publishers and ad-tech vendors are finding their consent strings are more valuable when there is information backing up how consent was acquired. “The speed of [CMP] adopt... Read More

CDC bringing blockchain to its EHR data-sharing system

(Aug 13, 2018) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is teaming up with the National Center for Health Statistics and IBM for a pilot program designed to incorporate blockchain into its electronic health records data-sharing system, GCN reports. The program will use the technology to gather and secure data and metadata collected from EHRs, allowing the CDC and other users to see all data transactions for subjects who have given their consent. The goal of the pilot program is to increase transparency i... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, August 10, 2018

(Aug 10, 2018) Greetings from Portsmouth, NH, Though we're in the heart of the summer, many infosec and privacy pros traveled to Las Vegas this week to brave 110-degree desert temps. At least it's a dry heat, right? The annual Black Hat USA Conference, sidled by the more low key Defcon, reportedly drew its biggest crowd this year. And though it's one of the premier security events in the world, privacy was top of mind. To wit: Black Hat founder Jeff Ross, also known on Twitter as the Dark Tangent, discussed ... Read More

Privacy makes its mark at Black Hat 2018

(Aug 10, 2018) Black Hat USA 2018 took place this week as a record crowd flocked to Las Vegas to learn more about the latest security research and technology. While security may be the name of the game at Black Hat, it was clear from the opening speech that privacy was going to have a presence at this year's event. IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, recaps some notable privacy news from the conference, such as Black Hat Founder Jeff Ross calling out the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the... Read More

Apple utilizes FHIR to standardize health information

(Aug 10, 2018) Apple is utilizing the HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard to enable consumers to securely access personal health information on iPhones, Health Data Management reports. Speaking at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Interoperability Forum, Apple’s Clinical Informatics Lead Ricky Bloomfield said, “If any of you have an iPhone in your pocket running the latest version of iOS, you likely already have a FHIR app on it.” Bloomfield added that while Apple Hea... Read More

Privacy's presence felt at Black Hat USA 2018

(Aug 10, 2018) The 21st annual Black Hat USA Conference took place this week as security professionals from all over the world gathered in Las Vegas to take in the latest security research, trends and technologies. This year's event was expected to have the highest turnout in the conference's history, with 17,000 to 20,000 individuals in attendance. Security is obviously the name of the game at Black Hat 2018, but right from the opening speech, it was clear privacy was going to have a presence at the yearly e... Read More

International DPAs' conference to address intersection of ethics and data protection

(Aug 9, 2018) Though it's been an annual event for the last 40 years, this meeting of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners arrives at a pivotal time in data protection and privacy around the world; not only because the General Data Protection Regulation has transformed the privacy and data protection landscape in the EU and beyond but also given the proliferation of similar laws and appointment of data protection authorities and officers worldwide.  The conference, hosted... Read More