Who and what is fueling these Public Internet invasions of our healthcare privacy? (“Digital Hipaa”)
It’s all about compiling highly monetizable Healthcare Risk-Profiles…on all of us. The Public Internet’s Privacy violating “bad-guys” are currently mining our Healthcare Public Internet Communication. This includes our visits to drug/device company websites and hospital websites, as well as WebMD, Patients-Like-Me, and NIH, and CDC websites. These sites also includes our Healthcare related social media chats with family members—as well as our interactions with apps and Gmail. (Feel free to conduct your own web-searches to find Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, and MIT articles). Additionally, and most disturbingly—this e
The Public Internet Privacy violations I am describing here are both ethically and legally disturbing. In the opinion of our doctor team members, and law firm advisors, we also believe these privacy violations to be in direct conflict with both the EU’s GDPR Internet Privacy Laws as well as California’s CCPA Internet Privacy Laws. Many healthcare legal scholars also feel that this type of Public Internet Privacy abuse may also be an Anti-Trust violation. In my past corporate experience with Anti-Trust while an Executive at Kodak & Gillette, we were not engaged in consumer harm. Thus; Not-guilty. However, when it comes to covertly creating and selling our healthcare risk profiles, consumer harm is arguably present. The reason for that is that our healthcare risk profiles (scores) are being accumulated without consent. This is “Digital-Hipaa-illegal.” These monetizable risk profiles are being sold to data brokers, who sell them to insurance companies, and lending institutions. The foundation pillar of their business models is risk reduction when it comes to our health or life insurance, or our 30-year mortgage loans, or small business loans. Thus, the potential for consumer harm is very real.
Therefore, the grounds for Anti-Trust violation is also very real.
If Congress is interested in nailing the “bad-guys,” it might behoove them to more closely examine the consumer harm argument. And, let’s not hesitate to make our elected officials aware of our concerns.