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Hospital pays $150,000 in penalties and fees for violating HIPPA and state data breach laws

Hospital pays $150,000 in penalties and fees for violating HIPPA and state data breach laws

The Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently agreed to pay the Massachusetts Attorney General $150,000 in penalties, attorney’s fees, and contributions to funds for education and data security litigation. The hospital’s settlement demonstrates the risks that health care entities face from aggressive state attorneys general, even those across ... Read More »

Board of Appeal of Dutch Advertising Code Committee: Booking.com misleads customers with promotional texts

Board of Appeal of Dutch Advertising Code Committee: Booking.com misleads customers with promotional texts

The notice ‘We have only 1 room left!’ on the booking website Booking.com is misleading, according to a decision by the Board of Appeal of the Dutch Advertising Code Committee given on 4 July 2014. Booking.com misleads customers by suggesting that hotel rooms are nearly sold out, while rooms are ... Read More »

Want to know a secret?

Want to know a secret?

Something is stirring inside Brussels – something big.  The pregnancy is still at an early stage, for conception took place only recently; and the gestation period might be lengthy.  But if and when there is a safe delivery, the new arrival could well cause quite a stir. For the European ... Read More »

Heartbleed: are you exposed?

Heartbleed: are you exposed?

According to shocking data compiled by Netcraft, a month after Heartbleed, which may very well be “the worst vulnerability found (at least in terms of its potential impact) since commercial traffic began to flow on the Internet[,]”[1] only 14 percent of affected websites have completed all required steps to patch ... Read More »

Insurance brokers – Stricter requirements regarding the handling of sensitive personal data

Insurance brokers – Stricter requirements regarding the handling of sensitive personal data

The Data Inspection Board has audited three different companies that arrange personal insurance. Such insurance brokers are required by law to record adequate and relevant data on customers’ background, financial status, etc. in order to provide comprehensive advice to the customer. This data is often very sensitive and should not, ... Read More »

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Russian law now enables electronic (digital) signatures, e-invoicing and full electronic document flow

Russian law now enables electronic (digital) signatures, e-invoicing and full electronic document flow

It has now become a real possibility in Russia to operate a fully automated electronic document flow system both between contracting parties and in relation to state authorities. The law enables electronic execution of contracts, digital signature, e-invoices and all features of electronic accounting including electronic VAT invoices and other ... Read More »

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