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HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 4, 2010

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) planned database to store personal health information on millions of Americans is troubling some privacy advocates, Computerworld reports. To be launched November 15, the Health Claims Data Warehouse aims to help the OPM manage three health claims programs. In addition to detailed health information, the database would include individuals' names, addresses, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. John Berry from the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and 15 other organizations wrote a letter to the OPM asking for more details, because, according to another CDT spokesman, the lack of information on how the OPM will protect data and the fact that it will share it with third-party researchers is troubling.
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