EPIC Urges HHS to Protect Privacy of Human Research Subjects

In comments to the Department of Health and Human Services, EPIC pointed out several flaws in proposed revisions to the "Common Rule," ethical rules regarding biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects. While EPIC supports the agency's proposals to strengthen requirements for informed consent and to adopt a broad definition of Personally Identifiable Information, many of the proposed changes "place research interests ahead of the privacy interests" and fail to address the risks to human subjects of "Big Data" research. EPIC previously expressed concern about proposed changes to the Common Rule and continually advocates for health privacy rights.

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