Bloomberg Law
May 28, 2019, 8:51 AM

Patchwork of Privacy Laws Muzzle Medical Studies Across States

Jeannie Baumann
Jeannie Baumann

A wave of state privacy bills targeting tech giants like Facebook and Google is prompting warnings that the measures could mire biomedical research in red tape and slow innovation.

Since California enacted its privacy law, which takes effect in January, several other states introduced similar consumer data protection bills earlier this year, potentially creating a patchwork of state privacy laws. A federal law that has been bandied about in Congress is unlikely to happen before the 2020 election.

The state laws come as studies increasingly harvest data from wearable devices like FitBits and federal regulators try to lessen the amount ...

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