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  Jennifer S. Geetter advises global life sciences, health care and informatics clients on legal issues attendant to biomedical innovation, research compliance, financial relationship management, digital health practices, and global privacy and data security laws. Jennifer represents a broad range of clients. Read Jennifer Geetter's full bio.

Mobile Health Tools, Developers Need Better Data Protection Guidance, Attorney Jennifer Geetter Says


By on May 17, 2016
Posted In Big Data, Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Ecommerce, Mobile Apps, Telehealth

After three government agencies collectively created an online tool to help developers navigate federal regulations impacting mobile health apps, McDermott partner Jennifer Geetter was interviewed by FierceMobileHealthcare on the need for mobile health development tools. Read the full article from FierceMobileHealthCare.

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Government Issues New Tool to Help Mobile App Developers Identify Applicable Federal Laws


By , , and on Apr 20, 2016
Posted In Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, General Interest, Mobile Apps

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) released an interactive tool (entitled the “Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool”) that is intended to help developers identify the federal law(s) that apply to apps that collect, create and share consumer information, including health information. The interactive series of questions and answers augments and cross-references existing...

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FDA Aims to Expand Sentinel Capabilities, Include Evaluation of Drug Effectiveness


By , and on Feb 17, 2016
Posted In Big Data, General Interest

At a recent public workshop, Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), announced plans to expand the agency’s use of the Sentinel infrastructure to conduct post-market effectiveness studies. Sentinel is an electronic surveillance system that aggregates data from electronic medical records, claims and...

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FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices


By , , and on Jan 29, 2016
Posted In Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Mobile Apps

On January 15, 2016,  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance entitled Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices (Draft Guidance), which outlines FDA’s recommendations for managing postmarket cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices that contain software or programmable logic and software that is a medical device, including networked medical devices. The...

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Don’t Miss the Upcoming Privacy + Security Forum


By on Jul 9, 2015
Posted In Big Data, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, General Interest

McDermott partners Heather Egan Sussman and Jennifer Geetter are scheduled to speak at the upcoming Privacy + Security Forum in Washington, D.C. on October 21–23, 2015. The Forum is an exciting new annual event, organized by Professors Daniel Solove and Paul Schwartz, that will bring together many of the biggest names in privacy and security to...

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Start with Security


By on Jul 8, 2015
Posted In Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data breach, Data Privacy, Data Transfers/Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield, General Interest

On June 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published “Start with Security: A Guide for Businesses” (the Guide). The Guide is based on 10 “lessons learned” from the FTC’s more than 50 data-security settlements. In the Guide, the FTC discusses a specific settlement that helps clarify the 10 lessons: Start with security; Control access to...

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National Roadmap for Health Data Sharing: FTC Advocates Preservation of Privacy and Competition


By and on Apr 17, 2015
Posted In Big Data, Cloud, Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Ecommerce, Mobile Apps

On April 1, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), which assists with the coordination of federal policy on data sharing objectives and standards, issued its Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and requested comments.  The Roadmap seeks to lay out a framework for developing and implementing interoperable health information systems that...

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The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Redux


By on Mar 3, 2015
Posted In Advertising & Marketing, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, General Interest, Mobile Apps

On February 27, 2015, the Obama White House released an “Administration Discussion Draft” of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 (Proposed Consumer Privacy Act).  The Proposed Consumer Privacy Act revises and builds on the “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” that the Obama White House released in its 2012 Consumer Data Privacy in...

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Consumer Health Information Update from Both Sides of the Atlantic


By and on Feb 27, 2015
Posted In Big Data, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, General Interest, Mobile Apps

As we reported in May 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened stakeholders to explore whether health-related information collected from and about consumers — known as consumer-generated health information (CHI) — through use of the internet and increasingly-popular lifestyle and fitness mobile apps is more sensitive and in need of more privacy-sensitive treatment than other...

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In with the New: 2015 Privacy, Advertising and Digital Media Predictions – Part I


By on Jan 7, 2015
Posted In Big Data, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, General Interest, Mobile Apps

What privacy, advertising and digital media trends will make headlines in 2015?  Digital Health for one,  Big Data for another. Digital Health The 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) started yesterday.  Sessions like “Sensibles: The Smarter Side of Wearables” and “DIY Health: Consumer Accessible Innovation” suggest that the consumer health issues explored by the Federal Trade...

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