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Board Calls on Gov't For Medical Device Standards

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

April 11, 2012

A privacy and security advisory board is calling on the government to grant a federal authority such as the Food and Drug Administration the power to assess the security of wireless medical devices before they are put on the market, Wired reports. The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget stating that due to advances in technology, an unauthorized third party could potentially communicate and tamper with the medical devices. The board suggests working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to determine risks and asks that the government take a lead in informing doctors and patients about them.
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