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Study: Hard-To-Use Software Means Data Losses

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 6, 2011

Difficult-to-use software is a key factor when it comes to leaked data from confidential medical records. That's according to a study by researchers at Dartmouth's Tuck Center for Digital Strategies, TMC reports. Researchers monitored peer-to-peer networks that are used to share various types of files, the report states, and in just a two-week period, they were able to find 200 files containing such confidential information as names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and insurance numbers. The study also found that healthcare consumers are increasingly concerned about privacy, while government mandates to guard privacy are raising concerns due to their "lack of clarity."
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