Health data privacy draws fresh scrutiny from lawmakers amid pandemic

Health data privacy draws fresh scrutiny from lawmakers amid pandemic

All three bills focus on the type of health data that falls outside the scope of the federal privacy law known as HIPAA, which only applies to entities like hospitals and clinics and their business associates. The architects of the law, first passed in 1996 and amended slightly over the years, could not have imagined the current reality in which public health agencies are developing apps to track coronavirus patients and their contacts using technology built by Google and Apple.

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