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State of New Mexico Flag which is yellow and red shapedAnd Then There Were 48 (States): New Mexico Enacts a Security Breach Notification Statute

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico joined 47 states, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands when Governor Susana Martinez signed House Bill 15, codifying the Data Breach Notification Act.  With New Mexico becoming the 48th state to enact a security breach notification statute, only Alabama and South ...

It’s Official: Privacy and Security Rules from Wheeler Era Repealed

On Monday, April 3, President Trump signed a bill repealing the privacy and security rules introduced in the FCC’s October 2016 Order.  Under the terms of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), those rules have now been entirely repealed, the FCC is restricted from implementing “substantially similar” rules in the future, ...

FCC Proposes Rules to Allow Carriers to Block Illegal “Robocalls”

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) and Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) opening a new docket, Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls, which proposes rules to allow telephone voice service providers to block “illegal robocalls” on behalf of their subscribers.  The NPRM focuses ...

Secured data transferNew FCC Stays ISP Data Security Rules from Wheeler Era

On Wednesday, the Chairman Pai-led FCC adopted an Order granting a stay of the data security rules that were adopted as part of the Commission’s 2016 Privacy Order spearheaded by former FCC Chairman Wheeler. The stay will maintain the data security rules that have been in place for several years, ...

Data protection, internet security flat illustration conceptsNew FCC Chairman Moves to Roll Back Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers

Ever since the presidential election and the replacement of former Obama administration FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler with former Republican commissioner and now Chairman Ajit Pai, communications industry and privacy policy observers of all stripes have expected the new FCC to roll back much or all of the agency’s pre-election (October ...

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HIPAAenforcementHIPAA Enforcement Actions by the Numbers

Protecting patient information is a central duty for both covered entities and business associates under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  Should an entity subject to HIPAA fail to protect patient information, it may face possible enforcement action from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office ...

2017Slide1DWT Releases Latest Health Care Breach Charts

Following the HITECH Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued regulations requiring HIPAA covered entities to provide certain notifications for breaches of unsecured protected health information. OCR provides data on its website for breaches affecting 500 or more individuals. To better understand trends ...

slide50Webinar Recording: FCC’s New Privacy Rules (Part 2)

Notice, Choice, and Prospects in the New Administration The FCC adopted new privacy and security rules for telecommunications carriers—including ISPs—on October 27. In this second of two webinars in DWT’s series examining the rules, DWT experts analyzed the core Notice and Choice rules’ requirements, provided perspectives on differences with the FTC’s ...

sensitiveHIPAA Starter Pack

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, but there’s a more to it than that. Immerse yourself in an introduction to one of the most talked about and relevant laws today. Every American under the Affordable Care Act should be aware of HIPAA. Individuals or companies ...

Webinar Recording: FCC’s New Broadband Security Rules (Part 1)

Do you know what’s required to comply with the Federal Communications Commission’s new broadband security and data breach rules? DWT experts in the privacy and communications fields walked through the answers step-by-step in the first of two webinars examining the FCC’s privacy regime in-depth. We described the phase-in schedule for the rules examined ...
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