California Law Resolves Federal Conflict For Health Care Data

Sept. 26, 2020, 12:25 AM

A new California law resolves any conflicts between the state’s landmark consumer privacy law and federal privacy standards for patient health care data.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed the bill (A.B. 713) by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D) Friday and it took effect immediately.

The law recognizes the standards for use of de-identified data in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, eliminating any conflict with the California Consumer Privacy Act.

It creates a first-in-the-nation ban on re-linking data to specific patients after it has been de-identified for medical or research purposes.

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