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Decrypting HHS Guidance on Breach Notification and Security under the HITECH Act: NIST, FIPS, and More

Posted in Medical Privacy, Security Breach Notification Laws

Two months after Congress mandated notification for the breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI), the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) defined what it means to be “unsecured.” As required by Section 13402 of the HITECH Act, H.R. 1, 111th Cong. (1st Sess. 2009) (which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009), the Secretary issued guidance and a request for comments on the technologies and methodologies rendering information unusable, unreadable or indecipherable. 74 Fed. Reg. 19006 (Apr. 27, 2009) (to be codified at 45 C.F.R. pts. 160, 164).

Leaving Las Vegas . . . IF Encrypted

Posted in Data Privacy Laws

A Nevada law requiring encryption of customer personal information goes into effect on October 1, 2008. See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 597.970 (2007). While the legislation is short in length, it is potentially wide-ranging in scope. In particular, the legislation requires any “business in this State” to encrypt an electronic transmission (other than via facsimile) of “any personal information of a customer” to “a person outside of the secure system of the business unless the business uses encryption to ensure the security of the electronic transmission.” Id.