Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. Final Privacy Rule Preamble.. Data Collection


Comment: One commenter suggested that the U.S. Constitution authorized the collection of data on individuals only for the purpose of the census.

Response: While it might be true that the U.S. Constitution expressly discusses the national census, it does not forbid federal agencies from collecting data for other purposes. The ability of agencies to collect non-census data has been upheld by the courts.