Virginia lawmakers have enacted a provision (formerly H.B. 403) that grants immunity to healthcare providers who deliver services during disasters. Barring gross negligence or willful misconduct, healthcare providers are immune from civil liability for any injury or wrongful death arising from care or from abandonment during a man-made or natural disaster.
Australia has enacted a new amendment that will broaden the definition of personal information and require more transparency from organizations on how that personal information is stored. The new law, The Privacy Regulation 2013, is part of the broader Privacy Amendment Act of 2012 and applies to companies with revenues of more than AUD 3 million that collect information, such as names, contact details, payment information, or other details related to a specific person, for any purpose.