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Bar Bulletin

Legal Protections for Health Privacy in a Digital Age

August 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Sam F. Halabi

Facebook users throughout the world expressed outrage when news broke that their personal information had been shared without their consent with Cambridge Analytica, a United Kingdom-based political consulting firm. In light of this historic breach of confidence, data protection laws should be extended beyond the healthcare system setting to encompass rapidly advancing data-collection technologies. 

Cambridge Analytica, which worked with a Cambridge University psychologist to build a personality app that gathered information on its users and their friends, obtained the user information of tens of millions of people that could identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior. The...

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