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Lawmaker, HIPAA Provision Raise Gun Privacy Questions


September 10, 2013

A Maryland legislator is asking Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler about the legality of viewing confidential information on potential gun-buyers, The Washington Times reports. Delegate Kevin Kelly (D-District 1B) has sent the AG’s office a letter seeking details on “whether it was legal for state police to allow up to 200 state employees from five agencies to view confidential information about prospective gun buyers,” the report states. Meanwhile, the Office for Civil Rights has sent the Office of Management and Budget a proposal “to lift legal barriers related to the HIPAA privacy rule that may prevent states from reporting mental health information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check,” HealthData Management reports.
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