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FTC warns health apps to notify consumers impacted by data breaches

September 15, 2021

Via: The Hill

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 Wednesday that a decade-old rule on health data breaches applies to apps that handle sensitive health information, warning these companies to comply.

The new policy statement agreed to by the FTC was intended to clarify the agency’s 2009 Health Breach Notification Rule, which requires vendors handling health records to notify consumers if the data is accessed through a breach or other means without the individual’s authorization.

The new policy states that the rule applies to health apps, such as those tracking fitness or menstrual cycles, which have been developed over the past decade.

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