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UC changes plan to share student data for COVID-19 vaccinations

CINCINNATI (FOX19) — The University of Cincinnati has switched over a plan to share student data with UC Health following a lawsuit filed Monday in the Hamilton County General Court of Appeals.

Three students from the University of Cincinnati have sought a temporary injunction to prevent the University of California from sharing about 46,000 records including Social Security numbers to what they say is a private health care provider, UC Health.

It comes after the university’s vice president for student affairs sent an email to “most if not all students” on Friday about the ability to get vaccines against the COVID-19 virus, according to the lawsuit.

Vaccination clinics will begin on Saturday, April 10, and students are expected to be able to register early next week, likely on April 6 or 7.

“I sent this email on Good Friday, which gives them the Easter weekend with the end of work today to unsubscribe, not subscribe. Assuming they saw the email, they read the email, etc.,” said attorney Kurt Hartmann. The bottom line is that state law does not allow them to do this. COVID-19 is not an excuse to ignore the law.”

“We have no problem if students sign up and give their explicit consent to share their personal data. But the university does the opposite, and requires opting out, and this is an outright abuse of authority.”

The lawsuit states that there is no epidemiological exception to the Constitution and state privacy laws.

Students are suing individually and on behalf of all others for Spring who have not expressly, knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently consented to the transfer of their personal data to UC Health or any person or entity for a purpose other than that of UCLA. He got it for.

This includes your name, UCSD email address, phone number, permanent address, gender, and Social Security number, according to the lawsuit.

University of Cincinnati spokesperson M.B. Riley issued the following statement in response Monday afternoon:

“In the interest of health and safety, the University of Cincinnati is partnering with UC Health to accept customized doses of the COVID-19 vaccine specifically for students. In order to allow students to more easily seize this vaccine opportunity, the University of California originally hoped to speed up data sharing with UC Health and sent a notice to All students last week. However, due to data privacy concerns, UCLA will now require students interested in this vaccine opportunity to sign up for it and provide their consent to UCSD to share their necessary personal information with UC Health.”

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