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WPF urges HHS to clarify the harms of medical identity theft for victims

WPF has urged HHS to clarify the intersection between HIPAA compliance and harms resulting from medical identity theft in its response to the Request for Information from the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services regarding implementation of the HITECH Act. WPF has a long history of work on the issue of medical identity theft, which has informed its response to HHS.

WPF urges HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee to extend privacy protections of vaccination information

In public testimony September 15, 2021, WPF’s Executive Director urged the Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Advisory Committee Committee to establish broadened protections for covid-19 vaccination data, including extending the existing CDC Guidance (from May 2021) prohibiting commercial marketing use of vaccination registration information or other vaccination data. The intersection between HIPAA privacy regulations

WPF supports CDC guidance prohibiting use of vaccine recipients’ data for commercial marketing purposes, urges that protections are extended to proof of vaccination systems

WPF’s Executive Director spoke today before the US Center For Disease Control’s ACIP Committee regarding privacy protections for vaccine recipients’ data. WPF supported the CDC’s prohibition on the use of vaccine recipient data for commercial marketing purposes. The CDC’s Vaccination Program Provider Requirements, published in May 18, 2021, specifically prohibits the commercial marketing use of