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Court Rules Against OSHA Request for Records

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 23, 2011

The Sacramento Bee reports on a California Superior Court's ruling that state workplace safety officials don't have the right to access certain medical records to track disease outbreaks because it violates healthcare privacy rights. The case follows California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health's (OSHA) subpoena for a performer's records from the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation Clinic, which was the subject of an unrelated breach investigation earlier this year. The actress sued OSHA to keep the records private, and the judge ruled that revealing such information, "even to a government agency charged with protecting worker safety, would constitute a serious invasion of privacy."
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