On September 15, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) adopted, on a 3-2 party-line vote, a policy statement that takes a broad view of which health apps and connected devices are subject to the FTC’s Health Breach Notification Rule (the “Rule”) and what triggers the Rule’s notification requirement.
The Rule was promulgated in 2009 under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act. Under the Rule, vendors of personal health record that are not otherwise regulated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) are required to notify individuals, the FTC, and, in some cases, the media following a breach involving unsecured identifiable health information. 16 C.F.R. §§ 318.3, 318.5. Third-party service providers also are required to notify covered vendors of any breach. 16 C.F.R. § 318.3.