With few exceptions, rules relating to privacy and security such as HIPAA and GLBA (Gramm Leach Bliley) cover the information, and don’t specifically relate to any particular technologies. So, they apply whether you’re using your PC, a fax machine, a photocopier, a USB flash drive, or even your cell phone.
Here’s an excellent post on the subject – HIPAA: It’s About the Information! – from Rebecca Herold (“The Privacy Professor”). It focuses on fax machines (a topic that we covered in an earlier post on this blog) but the same thinking applies to any equipment that you use to access, process, or store sensitive information.
For more about this topic, see these posts from our blog: