European Data Protection Digest

Group Voices Concern Over Medical Data Sharing

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

February 21, 2013

A new scheme that would make medical data commercially available could see private sector businesses obtaining identifiable information about patients without their consent, Out-Law.com reports. The Department of Health has responded to concerns from life sciences pressure group Ethics and Genetics about plans by the Clinical Practice Research Datalink that would aggregate anonymised medical data and make it available for sale to the private sector.
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