3 major 2009 privacy trends to watch next year
As the result of a highly unscientific review of big developments on the privacy front in 2009, here are 3 major trends from the past year that we predict will continue to draw attention in 2010.
- Increasing likelihood of a federal law on disclosure of data breaches involving personal information. During 2009 there was significant movement on national data breach notification laws in the 111th Congress, including the Data Accountability and Trust Act in the House of Representatives, and two bills in the Senate voted out of the Judiciary Committee, including the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act. Versions of both of these bills were introduced in previous Congressional sessions, but none progressed as far as these have, making passage of a national data breach law in 2010 a feasible proposition. The enhanced privacy provisions in the HITECH Act may have provided a preview of how this sort of legislation will look, with personal health information breach disclosure rules having gone into effect.