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OPM Moves Forward on Data Warehouse

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

June 17, 2011

Computerworld reports on the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) plans to build a large, centralized database despite privacy concerns. The OPM released two formal notices on the Health Claims Data Warehouse in the Federal Register this week, and work will begin on July 15. The OPM had delayed plans for the database due to privacy groups' concerns about vulnerabilities. Revised plans for the database--which will store information including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and birth dates--include a downsized scope of the database and limits on how information from it can be used, with only de-identified data to be released beyond the OPM.
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