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N.M. Senate Committee Passes Data Breach Notification Bill

March 15, 2017 - A New Mexico data breach notification bill was recently passed by a state Senate Committee, and will move onto the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the Los Alamos Daily Post.   Rep. Bill Rehm introduced House Bill 15, and explained in February when the legislation passed the House of Representatives that New Mexico was one of three states that did not have a data breach notification...


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N.M. Senate Committee Passes Data Breach Notification Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

A New Mexico data breach notification bill was recently passed by a state Senate Committee, and will move onto the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the Los Alamos Daily Post.   Rep. Bill Rehm introduced House Bill 15, and explained...

Breach Notification Center of Presence Health HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare network Presence Health recently agreed to a $475,000 OCR HIPAA settlement following a reported data breach and a subsequent delayed breach notification process. Presence submitted a breach notification report to OCR on January 31,...

Mass. Launches Online Data Breach Notification Archive

by Elizabeth Snell

As part of the recently updated Massachusetts Public Records Law, the state’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation made its online Data Breach Notification Archive available to the public. Governor Charlie Baker signed the...

US-CERT Updates Cybersecurity Incident Notification Guidelines

by Elizabeth Snell

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) announced its new cybersecurity incident notification guidelines, which will go into effect on April 1, 2017. The guidelines will affect all Federal departments and agencies, as well as state,...

Encryption Aspect Amended in CA Data Breach Notification Law

by Elizabeth Snell

Starting in 2017, data breach notification will be required for instances when encrypted personal information of California residents has been breached and certain conditions are met, according to a recently amended state law. Previously, California’s...

FTC Releases Data Breach Response Guidance for Businesses

by Elizabeth Snell

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlines the steps that businesses should take if they suspect that they have fallen victim to a data breach in a recently released data breach response guide and accompanying video. Along with securing physical...

IL Data Breach Notification Law to Include Healthcare Data

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Last month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed several amendments to a data breach notification law that would impact healthcare data security regulations starting in 2017. Under the revised Personal Information Privacy Act, protected personal...

Are State Health Data Breach Notification Laws Needed?

by Elizabeth Snell

State healthcare data breach notification laws are not always thought of first in covered entities’ approaches to their data security plans, as HIPAA regulations are likely top concerns. However, organizations will also be held to state...

Oregon Data Breach Notification Law Goes Into Effect

by Elizabeth Snell

A new Oregon data breach notification law went into effect on January 1, and requires businesses and government agencies to notify the state attorney general of a data breach affecting more than 250 state residents. The Oregon Consumer Identity...

California Adopts Statewide Data Breach Notification Laws

by Sara Heath

In the wake of several recent large-scale data breaches, such as the UCLA Health System, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a law that would provide statewide regulations for data breach notification. The law, which comes as a three-bill...

Why Prompt Health Data Breach Notification is Essential

by Elizabeth Snell

Proper health data breach notification is a critical aspect of HIPAA that healthcare organizations must adhere to. Along with federal laws, there are often state and local data breach notification requirements that must also be followed. Without...

Illinois Governor Vetoes Data Breach Notification Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on a data breach notification bill that would have extended the type of information to be protected to include medical, health insurance, biometric, consumer marketing, and geolocation...

Health Data Included in Ala. Data Breach Notification Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

A recently proposed data breach notification bill in Alabama could make it the 48th state to have such legislation in place. The bill was first introduced on March 3, 2015, and as of April 14, 2015, it is listed as being under “further...

Data Breach Notification Law Passes Unanimously in Wash.

by Elizabeth Snell

The Washington state Senate unanimously passed the proposed data breach notification law last week by a 47-0 vote. HB 1078 is designed to “strengthen the data breach notification requirements to better safeguard personal information, prevent...

Data Breach Notification Bill Fails to Pass N.M. Senate

by Elizabeth Snell

The New Mexico Senate did not pass a recently proposed data breach notification bill, even though the bill was unanimously passed by the House earlier this year. HB 217 required that businesses notify customers if their personally identifiable...

Senate Leaders Call for Anthem Data Breach Notification

by Elizabeth Snell

Data breach notification letters about the Anthem breach are not being sent out in timely enough fashion, according to Senate health committee leaders. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray wrote a letter...

Breaking Down HIPAA Rules: Data Breach Notification

by Elizabeth Snell

Recent headlines are bringing certain HIPAA rules and regulations to the forefront of healthcare, legal, and public discussion. In the wake of the Anthem data breach that potentially exposed the personally identifiable information of up to 78...

HIPAA omnibus rule impact on the Breach Notification Rule

by Patrick Ouellette

Some of the major provisions in the recently-released HIPAA omnibus rule were the modifications to the HITECH Act’s Breach Notification Rule, which was strengthened with more objective standards. As HHS states in its letter, Section 13400(1)...

HIPAA Breach Notification Checklist

by Ashley Blume

Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, HIPAA certified entities and their associates are required to provide full disclosure about a breach. A breach is considered an instance where protected health...

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