Privacy & Data Security Law

California Bill Exempts Medical Research Data From Privacy Law

Jan. 9, 2020, 3:10 AM

Personal information used for medical research and safety would be exempt from California’s sweeping new privacy law under a bill seeing quick action in the state legislature.

The Senate Health Committee unanimously approved the bill, A.B. 713, two days after Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D) introduced it. If enacted, it would amend the California Consumer Privacy Act that took effect Jan. 1. The bill likely will be referred next to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Life sciences and pharmaceutical groups are seeking the changes to avoid unintended consequences that could harm medical research and correct conflicts with medical privacy laws, Mullin told...

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