Wednesday November 18, 2015

Federal Privacy Law Doesn't Cover Apps And Wearables

I wish that I could say stuff like this is totally surprising but it isn't. Well, at least for most tech savvy people out there anyway.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a landmark 1996 patient-privacy law, only covers patient information kept by health providers, insurers and data clearinghouses, as well as their business partners. At-home paternity tests fall outside the law’s purview. For that matter, so do wearables like Fitbit that measure steps and sleep, testing companies like 23andMe, and online repositories where individuals can store their health records.