All posts by Stephen C. Taylor

Snowden Leaks Disclose NSA-Skype Cooperation

In a story that has been developing over the past several weeks, The Guardian disclosed last week that Microsoft has been providing the National Security Agency with access to recorded data collected on Skype, which was purchased by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of cooperation […]

What is a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement, and Why Do I Need One?

If your practice is currently using a medical teleconferencing service (telemed), or if you are considering using one, you should know that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and the recently-finalized (March 2013) Rules promulgated thereunder, consider the provider of such service to be a “business associate.” HIPAA defines a business […]

Can You Afford a HIPAA Violation?

In June of 2012, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services agreed to pay $1.7 million to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule arising out of the loss of a portable USB thumb […]

So You Think Skype is HIPAA-Compliant?

By Stephen C. Taylor, General Counsel SecureVideo.com HIPAA – or as it is formally known, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191 – substantially codified the way health information for virtually all Americans must be handled. Sections 261-264 of the law require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]