SaaS Agreements – Data Protection – HIPAA

On January 25th 2013, the US Department of Health and Human Services modified the rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 1996 (“HIPAA”). HIPAA applies to any SaaS suppliers who process protected health information (“PHI”) on behalf of customers to whom the Act applies, regardless of whether or not the SaaS supplier is located in the USA.

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SaaS Agreements – FAQs – Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

It is important to understand the difference between applicable law and applicable jurisdiction when negotiating a SaaS agreement. Applicable law specifies which country’s laws will apply to your SaaS agreement. Jurisdiction specifies which courts will have authority to deal with a dispute. Usually a UK SaaS agreement will specify the laws of England and Wales as the applicable law and the courts of England will have jurisdiction.

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