In a Law360 article, health care partner Christine Moundas and associate Elana Bengualid analyzed a California privacy law that holds broader implications for mental health digital applications.
The bill is the first of its kind passed by a state legislature that targets the mental health data sharing practices of digital health apps not subject to HIPAA.
Importantly, to the extent that these digital health apps operate nationally and collect a California consumers' mental health application information, they would be subject to these new compliance obligations.
The authors note it would be unsurprising if the bill becomes a model for other states to impose similar or broader protections for health data collected and maintained by digital health apps.
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