Tag Archives: COVID-19

Positioning for What’s Beyond the Horizon: What Digital Transformation and the Data Economy Mean for You

BakerHostetler’s new Digital Transformation and Data Economy Team (DTDE) is presenting a four-part webinar series in May where attorneys will cover legal implications surrounding COVID-19 for business leaders. Panelists, including in-house attorneys and industry experts, will discuss how companies can determine where opportunities and vulnerabilities lie in managing, protecting and leveraging digitization and data assets. … Continue Reading

Joint Agencies Issue Guidance on Prevalence of Cyberattacks Exploiting COVID-19 and Teleworking

On Friday, April 10, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) (jointly, the Agencies) issued a joint statement regarding the growing prevalence of COVID-19-related cyberattacks. The alert focuses on advanced persistent threat (APT) groups and other cybercriminals that are targeting organizations with … Continue Reading

Focus on Children’s Privacy Intensifies as Daily Life Moves Online

With physical schools closed indefinitely, classrooms have moved online, either introducing or significantly expanding children’s use of virtual education technology and highlighting certain privacy concerns. Responding to this evolving environment, on April 9 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued COPPA Guidance for Ed Tech Companies and Schools during the Coronavirus to address some common compliance … Continue Reading

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, HHS Eases Restrictions on the Use and Disclosure of PHI by Business Associates

The COVID-19 public health emergency already has caused the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights to announce various enforcement changes and waivers. On April 2, HHS issued another notification of enforcement discretion – this one relating to business associates. This latest notification allows business associates to use and disclose protected health … Continue Reading

CARES Act Significantly Revises Part 2 Rules to Better Align with HIPAA

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) into law. While the focus of the CARES Act has been on direct financial aid to Americans, the Act also contains a number of material revisions to the Federal privacy provisions that govern the confidentiality of substance-use … Continue Reading

Healthcare Providers Remain Targets for Ransomware Attacks in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

Although it was widely reported that several ransomware threat actor groups have pledged to not target healthcare providers until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, BakerHostetler’s Digital Assets and Data Management Practice Group and Healthcare Privacy and Compliance team continue to see ransomware attacks launched against healthcare providers. In order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare … Continue Reading

HHS Issues Two Important Bulletins Waiving HIPAA Sanctions During the COVID-19 National Emergency

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued two important bulletins this week regarding the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. On Mar. 16, OCR issued a limited waiver of HIPAA sanctions and penalties for noncompliance with certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, including the requirement to obtain a patient’s agreement to speak with family … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Exposure

Risk scenarios and recommendations History tells us that unscrupulous actors will exploit any crisis, and COVID-19 is no exception. Attackers wasted no time building coronavirus-themed phishing emails and malware-laden websites purporting to track the coronavirus’s spread across the globe. These opportunistic attacks were an expected variation on well-known themes that use fear to engineer an … Continue Reading

FERPA Disclosures in Response to COVID-19

The United States Department of Education (ED) Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO), on March 13, 2020, issued Frequently Asked Questions related to the serious novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that the world is now grappling with. This FAQ document mirrors in large part the same line of advice found in ED’s prior Joint Guidance with Health … Continue Reading
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