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NHS Site Questioned

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

November 29, 2010

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has asked the Department of Health for information about its NHS Choices Web site, V3.co.uk reports. According to privacy experts, the site is sharing visitor information with third parties through social network features. The department has stated the information is collected to "see what is most effective about our site, to help us identify ways to improve it and to make it more effective." However, as one privacy expert cautions, while the need for such statistics is valid, "users' privacy should be of utmost importance (and) there is open source analytics software which the NHS should run themselves."
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