Health Information Privacy U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule protect genetic information?

Answer:

Yes, genetic information is health information protected by the Privacy Rule. Like other health information, to be protected it must meet the definition of protected health information: it must be individually identifiable and maintained by a covered health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse. See 45 C.F.R 160.103 and 164.501.

Date Created: 12/20/2002

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Content last reviewed on July 26, 2013