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Physician Provided PHI to Media When “No Comment” Would Have Sufficed

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $125,000 no-fault settlement and two-year corrective action plan with Allergy Associates of Hartford, P.C. (Allergy Associates) stemming from an incident involving a physician who impermissibly released protected health information (PHI) to the media.

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FCC Announces its Agenda and Speakers for its AI and Machine Learning Forum

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On November 7, the FCCin a relatively terse Public Noticeannounced that it would hold a Forum at its headquarters on November 30 designed to focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning by having experts in AI and machine learning discuss the future of these technologies and their implications for the communications marketplace.

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NIST Seeks Public Comment on Developing a Privacy Framework

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its request for information (RFI) covering a series of questions designed to assist in the development of a voluntary framework meant to improve the management of the privacy risk that could arise from the collection, storage and use of individuals’ information in the Federal Register on November 14, 2018.

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The FCC Wades into the Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning Pool

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On November 7, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued a Public Notice announcing a first ever FCC Forum focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. This Forum will convene at FCC headquarters on November 30 and will feature experts in AI and machine learning discussing the future of these technologies and their implications for the communications marketplace.

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New Report Signals Further Changes to U.S. Policy toward IoT Technology from China

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In recent months, a series of U.S. government reports have documented U.S. policymakers’ growing concerns over Chinese government policies and programs designed to advance China’s competitive edge in a range of technologies and industries.  In turn, the findings of these reports are shaping U.S. economic and national security laws and policies, as illustrated by the recent Section 301 tariff actions, national security reviews of investment by Chinese firms under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process, and provisions of the recently-passed John McCain National Defense Authorization Act that restrict exports of “emerging and foundational technologies” and U.S. government use of certain Chinese-made telecommunications equipment.  Against this background, a report released on October 26, 2018, is likely to further increase U.S. government scrutiny of China-manufactured devices with internet connectivity features – so-called “Internet of Things” or “IoT” devices.

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New Handbook Provides Guidance to Healthcare Delivery Organizations on Preparation and Response to Medical Device Cybersecurity Incidents

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Recently, the MITRE Corporation, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the release of the Medical Device Cybersecurity Regional Incident Preparedness and Response Playbook.  The Playbook was designed to provide “tools, references, and resources” for Healthcare Delivery Organizations (HDOs) to better prepare for and respond to medical device cybersecurity incidents.

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