S. 81Public Health Emergency Privacy Act

Sen. Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT)

 Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]
Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]
Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]
Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]

Introduced: January 28, 2021
Status: Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on January 2021


The Public Health Emergency Privacy Act restricts the use and disclosure of COVID-19 emergency health data linked to an individual, such as test results, and applies to organizations that collect, use, or disclose emergency health data. H.R. 651 would require these organizations to provide notice of privacy, ensure the accuracy of, prevent discrimination based on, and limit disclosure of the data. The bill also prohibits the use of emergency health data for commercial advertising or in ways that restrict access to opportunities, services, and other accommodations, including the right to vote. The bill provides for enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission, states, and a private right of action.

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