Hacked Federal Workers and Retirees Receive Free Credit Monitoring Services
A Senate panel approved enhanced protections for the more than 22 million federal workers and retirees affected by data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management.
Health Care Data De-Identification and Clinical Research
Health data de-identification can give health care organizations an opportunity to present data for research purposes in a way that does not compromise patient privacy.
Federal Judges Rule in Favor of Privacy, Still at Odds with Other Court Decisions
Recently, two separate federal court judges ruled in favor of privacy. In both opinions, the judges ruled that it was unconstitutional for police officers to track Americans using cell phone data because it infringed on the right to be protected against unreasonable searches.
FTC seeks Public Comments on New Parental Verification Method
The FTC is seeking public comments up until Sept. 3, 2015, on a proposed verifiable parental consent method that Riyo, an applications developer, has submitted for approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
VA Privacy Service is responsible for overseeing, directing and establishing the long and short-term goals for VA’s Enterprise Privacy Program. As the impact of privacy issues increase, Privacy Service identifies privacy needs and implements strategies to meet those needs. We advise senior officials concerning data management and the feasibility of the Department’s privacy priorities and implementation plans. We work to ensure compliance with Federal and VA-specific privacy requirements. Also, we ensure the attainment of Department-wide privacy objectives in the overall VA planning, programming, and budgeting process.
Overseeing and directing VA’s privacy program activities including but not limited to conformance to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, COMSEC regulations, non-disclosure statutes, OMB guidance on computer cookies, OMB Circular A-130, Government Paperwork Elimination Act, user authentication, insider threat, and identity theft ...
When VA collects personal data from an individual, VA will inform him or her of the intended uses of the data, the disclosures that will be made, the authorities for the data’s collection, and whether the collection is mandatory or voluntary. VA will collect no data subject to the Privacy Act unless a Privacy Act system notice has been published in the Federal Register and posted on the VA Systems of Records website