During times of emergency, health freedom and constitutional rights don’t stop being important, they become increasingly important.
“Technological innovation has outpaced our privacy protections. As a result, our digital footprint can be tracked by the government and corporations in ways that were once unthinkable,” says the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). “Any electronic surveillance infrastructure, no matter how ‘secure,’ always creates new opportunities for major data breaches and misuse of information.”
This is why HB3284 is so imperative. It prohibits organizations from collecting, using, or disclosing personal health data on unconsenting individuals. This includes tracking, tracing, and monitoring of an individual’s exposure to COVID-19.
It also prohibits an organization from retaining, storing, or using personal health data and requires them to destroy, delete, or render this data inaccessible.
The Oregon DOJ has proposed -4 Amendment, even after the bill passed the House. The -4 Amendment was placed on the bill on May 18 and seeks to remove COVID-19 vaccination status as protected personal health information. We would like to see this bill pass without -4 amendment.