The FTC and OCR at HHS are continuing to scrutinize the use of tracking technologies that may reveal information about a person’s health or health status. Both agencies recently sent a letter to a reported 130 hospitals and telehealth providers warning about the use of tracking technologies and the risks they pose. This follows on the heels of other statements, guidance, and enforcement actions from these regulators about these tools over the past two years.Continue Reading Regulators Send Warning Letter to Hospitals and Telehealth Providers About Tracking Technology Use

In this third post in our ongoing series, we examine the scope of the consent requirements under the recently enacted My Health My Data Act. (Visit here for information about the scope of the law and here for information about consumer rights). The Act imposes consent requirements on a wide range of common processing activities.Continue Reading My Health My Data Act: Consent Requirements

In this second post in our ongoing series, we examine the scope of rights given to consumers under the recently enacted My Health My Data Act. (Visit here for information on the scope of the law). The law provides consumers several rights, all of which are in other privacy laws. However, the requirements associated with some of these rights create some unique challenges.Continue Reading My Health My Data Act: Consumer Rights

On April 27, 2023, the state of Washington enacted a landmark privacy law aimed at protecting the privacy of health data not covered by HIPAA. While the 2023 legislative season has been busy for state “comprehensive” privacy laws, this law is likely to have the most impact on businesses. The My Health My Data Act covers a very wide range of entities, consumers, and data, as we describe below. And, it contains a private right of action. With the law coming into effect in the first half of 2024, organizations will want to take steps now to understand the scope of this law and its onerous obligations.Continue Reading My Health My Data Act: Scope of the Law

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently updated its guide to help the private and public healthcare sectors develop cybersecurity protocols that address NIST’s Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The guide is a toolkit, with information and resources intended to help companies implement cybersecurity programs in the health care space. While the aim of this guidance is to help companies implement NIST’s protocols for protecting US critical infrastructure, the recommendations contained in the guide mirror other agencies’ security recommendations (for example those we have written about from the Department of Labor and the FDA).Continue Reading HHS Releases Cybersecurity Guide

The FTC recently published two new resources for complying with the Health Breach Notification Rule. The Rule requires vendors of personal health records (PHR), PHR-related entities and service providers to these entities, to notify consumers and the FTC (and, in some cases, the media) in the event of a breach of unsecured identifiable health information. The guidance reaffirms and adds further clarity to the Agency’s broad interpretation of the Rule released in its policy statement last fall.
Continue Reading FTC Continues to Signal Interest in Digital Health Industry, Publishing Updated Resources

California’s governor recently signed SB 41 into law. The bill enacts the Genetic Information Privacy Act (GIPA). The governor rejected a similar bill last year over concerns about COVID-19 public health efforts. To address that concern, this bill exempts tests used to diagnose whether an individual has a specific disease.
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The use of apps, wearables, and other devices used to track health and wellness data have continued to rise. The FTC again signaled its focus on this growing industry in a statement on the scope of the Health Breach Notification Rule. In the statement, the FTC called out specific types of apps and trackers that it views as having notification obligations under this rule.
Continue Reading FTC Warns Digital Health Industry to Comply with its Breach Notification Rule

The California AG recently reminded companies in the healthcare industry of potential data breach notification obligations beyond HIPAA. As ransomware attacks continue to rise, particularly in healthcare, companies should keep in mind the patchwork of state and federal health data privacy laws that may apply.
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