Health data collected as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus would be newly protected under a measure passed by the New York state legislature.
The state Senate Thursday approved a measure (S.8450C/A.10500C) that would keep contact tracing information confidential and ensure it is only used for tracing efforts. The state Assembly passed the measure July 21.
The bill now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for his consideration. A spokesman for Cuomo said the governor will review the measure, which would take effect upon his signature.
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