Feeds

US healthcare data plan slammed for encryption get-out clause

We decide who needs to know

Intelligent flash storage arrays

New data breach rules for US healthcare providers have come under criticism from a security firm that specialises in encryption.

As part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which comes into effect from 23 September, health organisations in the US that use encryption will no longer be obliged to notify clients of breaches.

More specifically (as explained here - PDF) only HIPAA-covered healthcare providers and health plans that omit the use of encryption or information destruction will be obliged to notify individuals about a breach of their personal health information.

Even then it will be up to affected organisations to decide whether a breach poses a significant risk of harm to individuals before deciding to issue data breach notices.

Voltage Security argues that the changes in the law threatens encryption protection as a get-out clause for data loss woes, irrespective of how secure from extraction sensitive partially-protected material might be.

"The protection law should address everyone – including those who have already implemented encryption, since most encryption systems are point-to-point even when they say otherwise," said Mark Bower, director of information protection solutions at Voltage Security. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Shellshock over SMTP attacks mean you can now ignore your email
'But boss, the Internet Storm Centre says it's dangerous for me to reply to you'
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog
Attack harvests users' info at iPhone 6 launch
NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code
It's been fixed, but hordes won't have applied the upgrade
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.