March 2016 Archives

The Legal Battle for Cell Phone Privacy Wages On

In order to aid Federal law enforcement officers with an investigation into the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, a judge has ordered Apple Inc. to develop new technology to defeat security measures present in iPhone operating systems. Apple, however, has challenged the government's order on legal grounds, and its CEO Tim Cook has specifically faulted the government for proposing an unprecedented use of a very old statute to justify an expansion of its authority, as opposed to asking for legislative action through Congress.

HIPAA Business Associate Agreements: A Primer

If you work in the health care field, in any capacity, you have surely heard of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or "HIPAA;" and if you or your business create, use, disclose or accept protected health information ("PHI"), you are likely a covered entity or a business associate under the law, and subject to some strict requirements. One of those requirements, which is sometimes overlooked or not given the attention it should, is the requirement for a business associate agreement or a "BAA." However, the importance of a well drafted BAA cannot be understated.

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