Wisconsin Businesses’ Suit to Stop Covid-19 Data Release Fails

April 6, 2021, 3:59 PM

Three Wisconsin trade associations lost a bid to stop the state’s health department from publicly releasing the names of businesses that have had two or more employees test positive for Covid-19, as the associations don’t have a protectable interest in keeping the data private, a state appeals court said.

Wisconsin’s health data privacy laws don’t provide the associations with standing to bring a declaratory judgment action challenging the state’s planned release of the information because only an individual may sue for violations of the laws, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV, said.

The associations couldn’t sue on the employees’...

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