Harsher data protection sanctions are coming - When Apollo wanted to stop Laokoon from warning the Trojans that there were Greek soldiers in the famous Trojan Horse, he sent two giant snakes to kill Laokoon and his sons. Talk about sanctions...
Peter Fleischer is Google's Privacy General Counsel. In the post above, he writes about increased data breach enforcement across the globe. We recently wrote about 2012 as the year of enforcement here. Peter is not writing specifically about the healthcare industry (i.e. especially since Google Health is no longer with us), but he does have a great perspective as someone who tracks these issues globally, and needless to say, for one of the most powerful corporations on the planet.
industry is well advised to wake-up
and smell the data breaches...2012
will be the year of enforcement.
Many socioeconomic phenomenon manifests themselves in repeatable patterns (e.g. the business cycle, elections, etc.). Right now there is little doubt that privacy is a "hot issue" and is likely to remain so in the foreseeable future. From a policy and enforcement perspective the pendulum is now swinging in the other direction. In other words "there will be blood." The healthcare industry is well advised to "wake-up and smell the data breaches."
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