In a 5-0 vote, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders resolving complaints that an Atlanta-based physician billing company and its former CEO violated consumers’ privacy by collecting personal medical information without their consent.

Under settlements with FTC, PaymentsMD, LLC and Michael C. Hughes must destroy any information collected from an online billing portal used to mislead thousands of consumers who signed up for the service. They also are banned from deceiving consumers about the way they collect and use information, including how information might be shared with or collected from a third party. The company and Hughes also must obtain consumers’ affirmative express consent before collecting health information about a consumer from a third party.

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