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FTC Finalizes Changes to Health Breach Notification Rule

Summary of article from Fierce Healthcare, by Heather Landi:

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized the revised Health Breach Notification Rule (HBNR) to enhance data privacy protection for consumers using digital health apps. The rule mandates vendors managing digital health records to notify individuals, the FTC, and sometimes the media, of any breach of unsecured personally identifiable health data. The data includes traditional health information, data from fitness trackers, and “emergent health data” such as health information inferred from location data and health-related purchases. The rule also obligates third-party service providers to notify vendors of personal health records following a breach discovery. The rule will be effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register.