HHS Proposes New Rules
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.July 9, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday proposed new privacy and security rules for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Computerworld reports. The new rules would allow patients to restrict access to certain health information and would prohibit the sale of their data without consent, according to the report. The rules also would extend privacy and security requirements to business associates of HIPAA-covered entities. HHS will open a 60-day comment period on July 14. Editor's note: The IAPP will host a Web conference on the new proposed rules next Thursday, July 15, at 1 p.m. EDT.