Thursday, January 29, 2009

Privacy and Google's medical health records

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With health records going electronic, there are many concerns over the new privacy of the records of people throughout the US. The Wall Street Journal Health Blog recently wrote about the new situation that arises with electronic health records. Some groups are stating that Google will be selling their electronic health records to the advertisers.

Google has retorted this saying:
Google does not sell health data. In fact, one of our most steadfast privacy principles is that we don’t sell our users’ personal data, whether it’s stored in Google Health, Gmail, or in any of our products. And from a policy perspective, we oppose the sale of medical information in the health care industry.

Are you concerned over the privacy threats Google poses to medical records? Will they be allowed to sell these documents to advertisers? Where do you stand on this issue?

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