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Posted in Health Privacy/HIPAA

New York Regulators Lead the Charge to Fill Health Data Protection Gaps Left by Federal Law

After a year-long investigation into mobile health apps claiming to be able to measure vital signs or health indicators through smartphone sensors, the New York Attorney General settled claims against three developers alleged to have engaged in “misleading” marketing claims and “irresponsible” privacy practices. Mobile health apps Cardiio and Runtastic claimed that their apps effectively and accurately measured heart rate after vigorous exercise using only a smartphone camera and sensors. The third, Matis, claimed that its app transformed a smartphone into a fetal heart monitor. Concerned that unregulated apps claiming to measure key vital signs and other health indicators may harm consumers if the apps provide inaccurate or misleading results, NY AG Eric Schneiderman brought enforcement actions against the trio of developers.

Posted in Cybersecurity & Data Breaches

“Reasonable Security” Becomes Reasonably Clear to the California Attorney General

A growing number of state and federal laws require organizations to implement reasonable security safeguards to protect personal information. But what constitutes reasonable data security? This question has vexed organizations and spurred a considerable amount of litigation. On February 16, 2016, the California Attorney General’s Office released its 2016 Data Breach Report, which for the first time provides a listing of safeguards that the Attorney General views as constituting reasonable information security practices. Despite being focused on California, the Report’s recommendations are likely to have an impact far beyond the borders of the Golden State.

Posted in Consumer Privacy, News & Events

Maryland Attorney General Puts Privacy in the Spotlight, Establishes Internet Privacy Unit

  Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, current President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), has made “Privacy in the Digital Age” his presidential initiative for 2013. As part of the presidential initiative, NAAG will host a number of privacy-focused events throughout the year, including a three-day conference this April. On Monday, January 28th, […]