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Does Washington State require medical practices to protect patient PII? HIPPA is a fed. law, and I need to know about state.

Kirkland, WA |

A medical practice sent an email to its patient list and didn't hide its patients email addresses. The patients email alias is listed along with the associated ISP so someone could contact anyone on the list via email/SPAM. The doctors office has now made visible the names/emails of people undergoing treatment at the clinic. Are there provisions under the Washington state privacy or CAN-SPAM rules that would allow me to sue the medical practice? This might be a Federal HIPPA violation, but is more likely a consumer privacy violation.

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There is no private right to sue under HIPAA.

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HIPPA applies to Washington medical patients. The HIPPA penalties apply.


I agree HIPPA applies to all states and protects healthcare information including the information you're claiming has been disseminated.

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