News Alerts And Breach Report For Week Of February 20, 2023

News Alerts and Breach Report for Week of February 20, 2023

Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework Hits Block

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has rejected a draft version of the Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework. The draft framework, designed to govern the flow of personal data between the EU and the U.S., is a culmination of efforts to replace its predecessor, Privacy Shield, a data transfer policy that was struck down in 2020. The Court of Justice of the European Union voted to invalidate Privacy Shield because of the degree to which U.S. intelligence services could access EU citizens’ data. This broad reach was ruled a violation of GDPR, and it continues to be a sticking point for the passage of Privacy Shield’s successor. According to Computerworld, Biden’s executive order protecting EU citizens’ data from U.S. surveillance services is an inadequate safeguard for the agreement because it can be reversed or amended at any time. “In particular, the committee noted, the executive order is too vague, and leaves US courts — who would be the sole interpreters of the policy — wiggle room to approve the bulk collection of data for signals intelligence, and doesn’t apply to data accessed under US laws like the Cloud Act and the Patriot Act.”

Deputy Attorney General Warns Against TikTok

On Thursday, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco warned against using popular social video platform TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. “The bottom line is China has been quite clear that they are trying to mold and put forward the use and norms around technologies that privilege their interests,” she said at a panel on technology and national security at the Chatham House in London. “I don’t use TikTok and I would not advise anybody to do so because of these concerns.” ABC News notes that “in December, Congress banned TikTok from all devices owned by the federal government. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew is scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in March on the company’s data security practices, the committee said last month. More than half of U.S. states have taken steps toward a partial or full ban of TikTok on government devices.”

Healthcare Consortium Releases Data Privacy White Paper

In December 2022, a consortium of healthcare industry participants—including clinicians, hospitals, payers, technology companies, and consumer advocates—came together for The 2022 Health IT Leadership Roundtable on maintaining consumer trust in health care. The discussion resulted in a whitepaper released last week, which according to its executive summary, distills “many of the key conversations and perspectives raised during the Roundtable event, as well as key considerations for moving forward. The White Paper: (1) highlights limitations or gaps in HIPAA’s protection of health data and what current laws or protections exist at the state or federal level for health information that is not protected by HIPAA; (2) details recent actions taken by Congress and the Administration to advance consumer and patient access to their health information, while also maintaining adequate protections for health information; and (3) discusses the data privacy and consumer trust implications associated with new and emerging technologies that are becoming more commonplace in health settings.”

Financial Data Privacy Committee Meets to Discuss Changes to CFPB

Last week, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy met to examine “areas where banking regulations can be updated to align with existing and emerging technologies; the consumer data privacy and breach notification frameworks; barriers to entry for de novo banks and impacts on competition in community banking; and increasing lack of transparency and accountability in bank regulation and supervision,” according to ACA International. Discussions included oversight and legal structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and updates to the scope of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

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