WikiLeaks Breach Raises Concern About Privacy of Electronic Medical Records
The embarrassing leak of a quarter-million State Department documents by WikiLeaks has recharged the debate over electronic medical records, raising concern that the government may not be capable of safeguarding Americans’ most intimate health care secrets when their records go digital.
Doctors and privacy advocates alike are pointing to the havoc wreaked by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and allegedly Bradley Manning, the low-level Army private accused of facilitating it, in arguing that the government needs to slow down its push for digital medical records.
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This is nothing new, of course, as some of us have been saying this all along. But now maybe a few others will appreciate the potential privacy and security Chernobyl we’ve been cautioning could easily occur.