HHS OCR and FTC Caution Hospitals and Telehealth Providers about Privacy and Security Risk from Online Tracker Technologies

Published: 07/21/2023

  • Department of Health and Human Services
Relevant To:
  • Rural Emergency Hospitals,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are cautioning hospitals and telehealth providers about the privacy and security risks related to the use of online tracking technologies that may be integrated into their websites or mobile apps that may be impermissibly disclosing consumers’ sensitive personal health data to third parties.

Tracking technologies are used to collect and analyze information about how use

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