More stringent obligations on companies handling Europeans’ personal data and more robust enforcement. The details of the new obligations have not yet been announced. The Department of Commerce has committed to monitoring companies for compliance. Again, we don’t know the precise nature of that monitoring. Companies handling HR data from the EU will need to commit to complying with decisions by European DPAs, but since controller-to-controller transfers of HR data are usually within the same corporate group, that shouldn’t be an extra burden. … [Read more...] about Commission Press Release Outlines New EU-US “Privacy Shield”
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After the incident became public, Memorial Hermann came under attack by immigration activists because the patient was undocumented. However, as OCR pointed out in its press release, Memorial Hermann’s disclosure of the patient’s name and other identifying information to law enforcement was permissible under HIPAA’s Privacy Rule. … [Read more...] about Memorial Hermann’s Use of Patient Name in Press Release Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement
Defense counsel for an Alabama pharmacy owner facing criminal charges for allegedly violating Medicaid rules have taken the unusual tack of asking a federal judge in Mobile to order the U.S. Attorney’s office to take down an online press release. … [Read more...] about Defense Counsel Asks Judge to Order US Attorney to Remove Press Release from Website
The press release said the conservative-leaning Koch Industries is cutting off support for groups opposing global-warming claims, the New York Times Green blog reports. It was posted on a Web address similar to the one used by Koch Industries. The company’s lawsuit (PDF), filed late last month, claims misappropriation of intellectual property, cybersquatting and unfair competition, the story says. … [Read more...] about Koch Industries Sues over Fake Press Release; Does First Amendment Protect Pranksters?
“Contrary to Armstrong’s apparent belief,” Sparks wrote in a footnote, “pleadings filed in the United States District Courts are not press releases Internet blogs, or pieces of investigative journalism. All parties, and their lawyers, are expected to comply with the rules of this court, and face potential sanctions if they do not.” The dismissal was without prejudice. … [Read more...] about Judge Quickly Tosses Lance Armstrong’s Suit, Says Complaints Aren’t Press Releases