Data Privacy Posts

Attorney General Becerra Announces $2 Million Settlement Involving Santa Barbara-based Cottage Health System Over Failure to Protect Patient Medical Records

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced a $2 million settlement with Cottage Health System and its affiliated hospitals in California resolving allegations that they failed to implement basic, reasonable safeguards to protect patient medical information in violation of state and federal privacy laws.

Internet of Medical Things Resilience Partnership Act of 2017

A new bill called the “Internet of Medical Things Resilience Partnership Act of 2017,” H.R. 3985, was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. If passed as drafted, the bill will establish a working group of public and private entities led by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to recommend voluntary frameworks and guidelines to increase the security and resilience of Internet of Medical Things devices.

A Few Criminal Justice Big Data Rules

But there is no doubt we are on the precipice of a criminal justice data revolution, and it is a good time to take stock and to begin developing guidelines so that, as much as possible, criminal justice systems might reap the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of this newly data-centric world.