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HHS Issues New Guidance on Ransomware

On July 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued guidance on ransomware attacks. The guidance clarified that a ransomware attack involving electronic protected health information (“ePHI”) is presumptively a HIPAA breach unless, as with other types of attacks, the covered entity or business associate can demonstrate that there is a “low probability that the PHI has been compromised” based on the factors provided in the breach notification rule and additional factors particularly relevant to ransomware. Notably, the guidance does not state whether there are instances in which an affected covered entity or business associate should pay the ransom to attempt to regain access to seized information. Continue

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