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A licensed dental hygienist must comply with a court order mandating the release of records to the Dental Hygiene Committee. Unless it is determined that the order is unlawful or invalid, failure to comply results in a civil penalty to be paid to the committee and constitutes unprofessional conduct that is grounds for suspension or revocation of his or her license; the licensee is also guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine.

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Any person or business that conducts business in California, and that owns or licenses computerized data that includes personal information, shall disclose any security breach to any resident of California whose unencrypted personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person. Any person or business that maintains computerized data that includes personal information that the person or business does not own shall notify the owner or licensee of the information of any breach of the security of the data immediately following discovery, if the personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person. Notification may be delayed if a law enforcement agency determines that the notification will impede a criminal investigation, in which case, notification shall be made after the law enforcement agency determines that it will not compromise the investigation.

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Mandated reports required by law, and child abuse or neglect investigative reports filed with the Department of Justice, shall be confidential and may be disclosed only to certain persons or agencies, including: the State Department of Social Services, "hospital scan teams" (i.e. teams of health care professionals and law enforcement and child protective services representatives that seek to identify child abuse or neglect); coroners and medical examiners conducting a post mortem examination of a child; out-of-state law enforcement agencies upon a signed and written request that cites (1) the applicable out-of-state statute or interstate compact provision and (2) the safeguards in place to prevent unlawful disclosure provided by the requesting state or the applicable interstate compact provision; out-of-state agencies responsible for approving prospective foster or adoptive parents for placement of a child, upon request that is (1) in compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, (2)

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In order for the ombudsman office to carry out its duties, the office shall have access to the medical or personal records of a patient or resident that are retained by the long-term care facility under the following conditions: (a) with written consent of the patient/resident if they have the ability to write, (b) with oral consent of the patient with third party witness, (c) with permission of guardian or conservator unless such person is unknown, cannot be reached within 3 working days, or there is reason to believe that such person is not acting in the best interests of the patient.

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There is no physician-patient privilege in proceedings brought by a public entity to determine whether a right, authority, license or privilege should be revoked, suspended, terminated, limited, or conditioned.

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There is no privilege of a communication related to an issue of a breach of duty regarding the psychotherapist-patient relationship.

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In any contested proceeding involving child custody or visitation rights, the court- appointed child custody evaluator shall file a written confidential report on his or her child custody evaluation, which may include health information.

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State Department of Social Services shall investigate any threat to the health and safety of children placed by social services agency in an out-of-state group home. This authority shall include the authority to interview children or staff in private or review their file. Participants in multidisciplinary team responsible to obtain an assessment and placement recommendation for each child shall have knowledge or experience in the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect cases, and shall be qualified to recommend services related to child abuse.

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(h)(1) Any potential or actual breach of confidentiality of HIV-related public health records shall be investigated by the local health officer, in coordination with the Department of Health Services, when appropriate. The local health officer shall immediately report any evidence of an actual breach of confidentiality of HIV-related public health records at a city or county level to the department and the appropriate law enforcement agency. (2) The department will investigate confidentiality breaches at the state level, and report any evidence of an actual breach to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

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Confidential research records shall be protected from financial audits and program evaluations. Audit personnel shall not directly or indirectly identify any individual research subject in any report. Authorized disclosures of confidential research records may be made on a case-by-case basis to the extent necessary for the purpose of audits and evaluations and may not be redisclosed or used in any other way.

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