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Company Accused of Selling Raw Data

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—GERMANY

February 13, 2012

The Local reports on allegations about the sale of raw data to pharmaceutical firms by a German research company. An employee of data processing firm Pharmafakt GFD has said under oath that "data from millions of pharmacy prescriptions had been saved and analyzed then sold to pharma firms," the report states. The employee alleged the data was neither made anonymous nor coded. Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Commissioner Thilo Weichert has said, "This could be one of the biggest data scandals in the country in the medical field." A Pharmafakt GFD manager has denied the allegations, saying the company has adhered to data protection laws.
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