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Two Gov't Agencies Focus on Privacy

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 4, 2011

In its fiscal 2011 work plan, the Office of the Inspector General revealed that it plans to inspect the privacy and security policies of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as the details of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program, reports Gov Info Security. The review will include the HHS Offices of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Civil Rights and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Meanwhile, on January 1, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began enforcing new security, privacy and business standards, reports the Boston Globe. The standards, which went into effect with a one-year enforcement grace period last January, aim to protect taxpayer information held by online providers of individual tax returns.
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