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City Database Sparks Concern

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

June 17, 2011

A database created to enable information sharing across city agencies has provoked privacy concerns, The New York Times reports. It contains information on four million residents, linking together "vast amounts of information gathered by city agencies that previously maintained their files separately," the report states. Some are expressing concern about the number of city workers who will have access to it and the potential for misuse. But Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs says controls have been built in to address such concerns. "Not everybody is allowed to see the big picture," she said. "There are a number of doors that open and close." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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