TÜV Rheinland Blog - Stories from Asia and Africa

Missing the Boat: Protecting Personal Health Data, but Not Patient Health?

Posted by TUV Rheinland on May 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

A recent report from Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) entitled “Securing Hospitals: A Research Study and Blueprint” released at the end of February this year, points out some startling findings. While healthcare delivery organizations are highly focused on regulatory compliance issues regarding the protection of Patient Health Information (PHI), they are overlooking potential threats to actual patient health from malicious intruders.

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Topics: healthcare, cybersecurity, data protection

The Successor to Safe Harbor – a Privacy Shield Full of Holes

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Apr 18, 2016 2:18:57 PM

It has been a major topic for months – shortly after the expiry of the set amnesty period, the USA and EU agreed on a follow-up agreement to "Safe Harbor". The objective is to define binding regulations for the exchange of data between Europe and the USA and to limit access to user data from Europe in the USA. At the end of 2015, the European Court of Justice overturned the original agreement after it had been in force for more than 15 years on the grounds of concerns relating to data protection laws. This decision left several thousand companies which regularly transfer personal data from Europe to the USA and store and process it there unsure of their legal situation and also means that they run the risk of hefty financial penalties under EU law.

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Topics: privacy, cloud, safe harbor, data protection