On August 27, 2014, the National Institutes of Health issued a new Genomic Data Sharing Policy, which replaces the current genome-wide association study data policy that was instituted in 2007. The GDS Policy applies to all NIH-funded research that generates large-scale human or non-human genomic data as well as the use of that data for subsequent research. As discussed in this post, the Policy promotes the use of broad informed consent for future study and sharing.
On November 26, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights released guidance on methods for de-identification of protected health information in keeping with the HIPAA Privacy Rule (as required under the HITECH Act). The guidance answers questions related to each of the permissible de-identification methods – the expert determination […]
Prominent European government officials provided up-to-the-minute perspectives on the proposed European data privacy regulation at this week’s IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels. The officials’ comments — summarized below –indicate how the proposal might evolve for the next steps in the policy process, which include the issuance of the European Parliament’s formal report on […]