Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Your private medical data is for sale – and it's driving a business worth billions; Guardian, 1/10/17

Sam Thielman, Guardian; 

Your private medical data is for sale – and it's driving a business worth billions:

"Your medical data is for sale – all of it. Adam Tanner, a fellow at Harvard’s institute for quantitative social science and author of a new book on the topic, Our Bodies, Our Data, said that patients generally don’t know that their most personal information – what diseases they test positive for, what surgeries they have had – is the stuff of multibillion-dollar business.

But although the data is nominally stripped of personally identifying information, data miners and brokers are working tirelessly to aggregate detailed dossiers on individual patients; the patients are merely called “24601” instead of “Jean Valjean”."

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