Blogger: Kevin Kampman
In my blog entry about Google and Microsoft’s plans to publish the personal medical records of US citizens on the Internet, I questioned these firms ability to properly protect the privacy of these records. It was only a matter of time before the inadequacies of data protection came to light; it recently happened that Google fell prey to the exposure of employee records (by one of its subcontractors). While no customer information was exposed, this does underscore the need to institute due care for all sensitive identity information. Individuals, legislators, and the medical community should ask very serious questions about the efficacy of these programs before a more damaging breach involving a huge segment of the population comes to pass.