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Sanford USD Medical Center – Health Information Disclosure – Class Action Investigation

September 21, 2022 by  

Ahdoot Wolfson is investigating a potential class action lawsuit against Sioux Falls-based Sanford USD Medical Center following reports that it shares highly sensitive patient and potential patient medical information directly with Meta (formerly Facebook) without authorization. 

The unauthorized data sharing occurs as a result of Sanford USD Medical Center’s inclusion of the Facebook Tracking Pixel tool on its website. The Facebook Tracking Pixel tool is coding that uses “cookies” to track the activities of users on the Sanford USD Medical Center website, which can include specific searches for doctors by specialization, by medical conditions (e.g., HIV), and other searches that are keyed to other sensitive medical information. This and other highly sensitive and protected health information is collected as “identifiers” during website use and sent to Facebook.

Sanford USD Medical Center’s conduct in allowing the use of the Facebook Tracking Pixel tool to collect and transmit protected health information of current and potential patients may violate consumer protection and data privacy laws.

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