Patient claims Oklahoma health system 'planted a bug' on his web browsers with pixels

A patient is suing Oklahoma City-based Integris Health accusing it of sharing his health information with Big Tech companies, The Oklahoman reported July 14.

The Oklahoma man, known in the lawsuit as John Doe, claims Integris, the state's largest locally owned health system with 16 hospitals, "effectively planted a bug" on his web browsers via its use of consumer tracking technology that transmitted his data to Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Reddit, according to the story. He called the practice "outrageous, illegal and widespread" in the complaint filed in Oklahoma County District Court.

"Generally, we do not comment on ongoing litigation matters," the health system said in a statement to the news outlet. "However, Integris Health does not use the pixels in question on our website as a regular advertising practice. This case is similar to several national class action lawsuits targeting more than 600 health systems across the country alleging the providers used 'Meta pixel' website codes to potentially share confidential medical information of patients via social media tracking tools."

The class-action lawsuit seeks a jury trial, damages and at least three years of complimentary credit monitoring services, according to the story. The tech companies didn't respond to The Oklahoman's requests for comment.

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