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Michigan: Governor sends letter to Big Tech companies on health data

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent, on 31 August 2022, a letter to the leaders of Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.,, Inc., Meta Platforms, Inc., and Microsoft Corporation asking them to bolster their efforts to protect personal data, in particular health data. In particular, the Governor highlighted that the letter asks those companies to take additional steps to protect individual's data, especially health data, to avoid the targeting of women seeking reproductive health care and the prosecution of nurses and doctors. More specifically, the Governor asked those companies, among other things, to:

  • provide users with clearer mechanisms to opt out of data retention and sharing of sensitive health information, including any sale of such data to third parties;
  • provide user information to law enforcement only in response to requests that conform to the relevant law; and
  • make information publicly available about requests they receive for sensitive health data and other information that could be used to prosecute women for seeking health care. 

You can read the press release here and the letter here