Here is a video discussion I had with LexBlog on the new
White House Data Privacy report, "Consumer Data Privacy in
a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting
Innovation in the Global Digital Economy." In this
conversation, we discussed the report's four primary
a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,
a multistakeholder process to specify how the principles in the
Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights apply in particular business
effective enforcement, and
a commitment to increase interoperability with the privacy
frameworks of our international partners.
Specifically, in the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, it
Individual Control: Consumers have a right to exercise control
over what personal data companies collect from them and how they
Transparency: Consumers have a right to easily understandable
and accessible information about privacy and security
Respect for Context: Consumers have a right to expect that
companies will collect, use, and disclose personal data in ways
that are consistent with the context in which consumers provide the
Security: Consumers have a right to secure and responsible
handling of personal data.
Access and Accuracy: Consumers have a right to access and
correct personal data in usable formats, in a manner that is
appropriate to the sensitivity of the data and the risk of adverse
consequences to consumers if the data is inaccurate.
Focused Collection: Consumers have a right to reasonable limits
on the personal data that companies collect and retain.
Accountability: Consumers have a right to have personal data
handled by companies with appropriate measures in place to assure
they adhere to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.
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The 2010 theft of an unencrypted laptop containing confidential health care information made front-page news in 2013, not because a huge number of patients were affected, but for the exact opposite reason.
Any company that collects personal data from consumers should take proactive steps to have appropriate legal counsel review its data security practices, as well as its terms of service or privacy practices, to identify any potential problem areas.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published on its website a series of factsheets designed to educate consumers unfamiliar with their rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.