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Daily Dashboard | Consumer Reports: HIPAA exemptions breakdown; medical patients unknowingly consent to data sold for ad targeting Related reading: A view from DC: White House preps a 'bridge' to AI regulation



  • In a Consumer Reports article, Senior Technology Editor Thomas Germain breaks down some of the different exemptions for individuals’ personal medical information in the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Using real-life examples such as wearing a smartwatch or buying over-the-counter medication, Germain discusses where the 1996 law applies. 
  • Medical patients who check into their doctors’ appointments online often unknowingly consent to giving away personal medical information to a third party when signing consent forms at check-in, The Washington Post reports. Phreesia, a company that makes the check-in software used by several thousand U.S. clinics and hospitals, collects patient data, which is used to sell advertisements to pharmaceutical companies.

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