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The Business Center provides plain-language guidance to help businesses understand their responsibilities and comply with the law.

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Complying with FTC’s Health Breach Notification Rule

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As more consumers use health apps and connected devices like fitness trackers, information about our health is increasingly collected and shared online. For most hospitals, doctors’ offices, and...
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Disposing of Consumer Report Information? Rule Tells How

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In an effort to protect the privacy of consumer information and reduce the risk of fraud and identity theft, a federal rule is requires businesses to take appropriate measures to dispose of sensitive...
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FTC Safeguards Rule: What Your Business Needs to Know

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As the name suggests, the purpose of the Federal Trade Commission’s Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information – the Safeguards Rule, for short – is to ensure that entities covered by the Rule...
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Health Breach Notification Rule: The Basics for Business

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Does your business or organization have a mobile app, website, Internet-connected device or similar technology that holds consumers’ health information? Do you provide products or services or send or...
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Mobile Health App Developers: FTC Best Practices

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Start with Security: A Guide for Business offers tips for any business wanting to implement sound data security. For health app developers, here’s tailored advice and additional questions to ask...
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Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool

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What Are the Laws? Which Laws Apply to My Mobile Heath App? Glossary What are the Laws? Does your mobile app collect, create, or share consumer information? Does it diagnose or treat a disease or...
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Small Business Computer Security Basics

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Here are a few computer security basics to help your company, even if you’re the only employee. If you have employees, train them to follow these tips. If you collect any consumer information, also...