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Washington state passes broad health data bill

Julie Rubash, Chief Privacy Counsel
April 11, 2023

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ICO Fines TikTok for UK GDPR Violations

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced a 12.7 pound million fine based on allegations that TikTok used children’s data without parental consent, failed to carry out adequate checks to identify and remove underage children from its platform, and failed to provide easy-to-understand information about how user data was collected, used and shared. 

CONTEXT

The UK Age Appropriate Design Code, which went into effect in September 2021, sets out specific protections for children’s personal data in compliance with the provisions of the UK GDPR.

According to the ICO’s explanation of the Code “if you don’t conform to the standards in this code, you are likely to find it more difficult to demonstrate that your processing is fair and complies with the GDPR and PECR.”

Of particular relevance for this case, the code standards require that covered companies “either establish age with a level of certainty that is appropriate to the risks to the the rights and freedoms of children that arise from your data processing, or apply the standards in this code to all your users instead.”  

UNITED STATES

Washington State Passes Broad Health Data Bill

HB1155, a bill addressing the collection, sharing, and selling of consumer health data, has passed both the Washington House and (with amendments) the Senate.

If the amendments are approved by the House, and the bill is signed by the Governor, the My Health My Data Act will go into effect March 31, 2024. 

TAKEAWAY

Among other requirements, the law would require consent (specific to each purpose) for the collection or sharing of “Consumer health data”, which is broadly defined to include not only information that directly identifies a consumer’s physical or mental health, but also information derived or extrapolated from nonhealth information, including from algorithms or machine learning.    

Texas Passes Comprehensive Privacy Bill Through One Chamber

The Texas House passed HB4, a bill largely resembling the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.

TAKEAWAY

This is the seventh state to pass comprehensive privacy legislation through one chamber in 2023, with only one state so far this year, Iowa, signing such a bill into law. 

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