In a case weighing privacy vs. free speech, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Vermont law that requires physicians to give their consent before information about their prescription-writing habits can be sold to help market prescription drugs.
As the Sony and Epsilon breaches show, privacy is now in the news media every day. And organizations need to be prepared to address the issue, says Trevor Hughes, executive director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
The California Supreme Court has ruled that a key provision of a tough state medical privacy law is not preempted by federal regulations. The evolving case, which eventually could wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court or grow into a class action case at the state level, is worth watching.