FTC warns Amazon, One Medical to keep healthcare data private

The Federal Trade Commission issued a statement Feb. 27 warning Amazon and One Medical that it must keep healthcare data safe and is prohibited from using it for advertising or marketing purposes.

Amazon said it would not share One Medical patients' personal health information to sell other Amazon products, and the FTC said the company must uphold that statement. 

"Companies that fail to abide by the commitments and representations they have made to consumers can violate Section 5 of the FTC Act," the FTC wrote. 

The FTC also said both companies must make it clear on how they will use protected health information as defined by HIPAA, as well as how Amazon will use One Medical patient data for purposes "beyond the provision of healthcare."

Amazon completed its $3.9 billion acquisition of virtual and in-person primary care company One Medical on Feb. 22.

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