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FTC Warns About Data Broker Abuse of Consumer Health Data

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  • July 24 2014, 12:23pm EDT

Speaking in Washington on Wednesday, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill voiced her concerns about potential risks to consumer health data from data brokers who are collecting and sharing sensitive information with third parties.

According to Brill, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was enacted at a time “when it made sense to think about doctors, insurance companies and hospitals, who were covered by HIPAA and then their business entities. But, now what you have is data that’s flowing massively everywhere and it doesn’t really understand the silos that were created by these laws.”

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