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HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rules on Patient Access and Interoperability

On April 19, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 30-day extension, until June 3, 2019, to the comment period for two rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The CMS proposed rule aims to … Continue Reading

Facebook and NNEDV Develop Privacy and Safety Guide for Survivors of Abuse

Recently, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and Facebook launched a guide intended to assist individuals who have been victims of domestic violence.  The guide offers tips to individuals who have suffered abuse on “how to use Facebook in a way that ensures that they stay connected with friends and family, but control … Continue Reading

European Data Protection Authorities Concerned About PNR Agreements

The Article 29 Working Party, comprising data protection authorities from each of the EU Member States and the European Data Protection Supervisor, has reiterated concerns about aspects of Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreements between the EU and the US, Canada and Australia. Under the agreements, airlines must allow authorities in the US, Canada and Australia … Continue Reading

EU Commission Proposes Mandatory Transfer of Passenger Name Records

The European Commission has proposed a Passenger Name Record Directive that would require airlines to provide EU Member States with data on passengers arriving from, or departing to, countries outside the EU.  Under the proposal, copies of such PNR data held on an airline’s reservation system would be transferred to a dedicated “Passenger Information Unit” … Continue Reading