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Data Warehouse May Be Delayed

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 9, 2010

In response to privacy concerns, the launch of the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) planned database may be delayed, according to the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). The database, slated to be launched November 15, will contain millions of Americans' names, addresses, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. But the CDT and 15 other organizations wrote a letter to the OPM asking for more details about the Health Claims Data Warehouse and the possibility, as indicated by OPM, that the database could be shared with law enforcement or third-party researchers. A spokeswoman for the OPM did not provide further detail on the launch date or whether more information will be provided, reports Computerworld.
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