Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule protect genetic information?
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
Last Updated: 03/14/2006