Google Health adless; privacy backers wary
Google Inc. wonâ€™t sell ads to support a new Internet service that stores personal medical information, CEO Eric Schmidt said Thursday in the search giantâ€™s first detailed comments about a venture that has raised privacy concerns.
…The bigger problem with these online health systems, privacy advocates say, is that they arenâ€™t covered by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly called HIPAA. The 1996 privacy law requires patient notification when their records are being subpoenaed, among other things.
â€œOnce you take sensitive health care information outside of the health care sector, it loses important protections that people have come to expect,â€ said Pam Dixon, executive director of the non-profit World Privacy Forum. â€œYour physician has taken a Hippocratic Oath, and they are bound to have your best interests in mind. A publicly traded company is supposed to have shareholders in mind first.â€
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