Consumer Watchdog Calls on Google to Cease Lobbying Effort to Allow Sale of Patient Medical Records

Urges Congress to Adopt Privacy Protections in Economic Stimulus Bill. The non-partisan Consumer Watchdog called on Google today to cease a rumored lobbying effort aimed at allowing the sale of electronic medical records in the current version of the Economic Stimulus legislation.

Consumer Watchdog called on Congress to remove loopholes in the ban on the sale of medical records and include other privacy protections absent from the current bill such as giving patients the right to an audit detailing who had accessed their medical records and how the records were used.

Reportedly Google is pushing for the provisions so it may sell patient medical information to its advertising clients on the new “Google Health” database:

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