US citizens have a fundamental Constitutional right to health information privacy—but can’t easily sue. Only federal employees can sue under the Privacy Act of 1974, as vets did when a laptop with millions of health records was stolen. Even with strong state health privacy laws and state constitutional rights to privacy in place, it’s very hard to sue because most courts demand proof of monetary harm. This new digital disaster: exposing and/or selling sensitive personal health data–can’t be stopped without stronger, clearer federal laws. OR if US citizens boycott the corporations that violate their rights to health privacy.
This blog written in response to the following article:
Did Tim Armstrong’s ‘Distressed Babies’ Comment Violate HIPAA Privacy Laws?
By Abby Ohlheiser
The Wire, February 10, 2014