3 health systems face lawsuits for allegedly sharing patient data with Facebook

Three health systems were named in lawsuits for allegedly installing Facebook's tracking tool, Meta Pixel, into their websites and patient portals:

  1. University of California San Francisco Medical Center and San Francisco-based Dignity Health, along with Facebook parent company Meta Platforms, were named in a lawsuit filed July 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  The plaintiff alleged that Meta Pixel, which harvests data for use in targeted advertisements, collected her sensitive medical information without her consent while she was in the patient portals of UCSF Medical Center and Dignity Health.

  2. Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Meta, Facebook and Instagram were named in a lawsuit filed Aug. 10 alleging that the health system allowed Facebook's tracking tool to unlawfully collect private medical information from the hospital's patient portal to use for its own profit.

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