HIPAA Regulatory Alert

Consumer privacy is subject of FTC report

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final report outlining best practices for businesses to protect the privacy of American consumers and give them greater control over the collection and use of their personal data.

The report proposes a privacy framework that would have no legal effect on HIPAA-covered entities. However, some of the practices proposed in the report, such as automated mechanisms to track access of information and restoration of patient consent to sharing information, might be considered as the Department of Health and Human Services updates the HIPAA privacy rule to incorporate more stringent privacy protections.

To see a copy of the report, go to http://1.usa.gov/H3LgcC.