Big Tech companies get ready for Senate testimony

From: Axios

Some of the biggest tech and telecom companies are preparing for members of the Senate Commerce Committee to grill them over their data practices this week.

Why it matters: Industry players are trying to shape the debate as Congress considers passing its own privacy rules.

The details:

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OMB holds health IT’s future

From: Politico | Morning eHealth

With help from Darius Tahir and Mohana Ravindranath

BIG HEALTH IT RULES ARE READY TO RUMBA: A proposed CMS rule on health IT interoperability has been submitted for OMB review, following ONC’s long-awaited rule defining acceptable information blocking, which was sent over to the White House earlier last week. Once these two rules emanating from the December 2016 21st Century Cures Act emerge — it could be a matter of days, weeks or at most a couple months — we’ll have the big picture of the Trump administration’s plans for regulating health IT.

Times Fights for Records on Net Neutrality Pressure by Russia

From: Courthouse News Service

MANHATTAN (CN) – The New York Times brought a federal complaint Thursday to uncover records that could show whether Russia interfered in the effort to repeal net neutrality.

As is standard with any federal agency considering new regulations, the Federal Communications Commission opened up a public-comment period last year after proposing a repeal of the Obama-era policy that bars internet service providers from interfering in download speeds.

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Ohio Enacts First of Its Kind Data Protection Act

From: Lexology

Jared M. Bruce and Jennifer Orr Mitchell | Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

‘GDPR-US’ – the lobbying gets underway with financial penalties conspicuously absent

From: diginomica

GDPR-US remains a theoretical concept, but there’s a growing acceptance that some form of Federal law is looming. Cue the lobbying!

We’ve written about the idea of a ‘GDPR-US’ several times this year since the European Union’s own General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) kicked in in May.

Since then the State of California has signed off on its own California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which, as we noted, is a step in the right direction, but not the journey’s end.

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