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Electronic Health Records Cause Privacy Concerns

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 29, 2011

The Australian reports on growing concerns surrounding the government's unique health identifier system. The IDs include individuals' names, Medicare numbers and dates of birth, which will be used by health providers to access patient records. The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) said the system is like a "honeypot that those with malicious intent may seek to access." The APF's chairman has also said the government's National E-Health Transition Authority has "refused to involve consumer advocates, including privacy advocates, in any meaningful way for an extended period of years."   
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