Feb 282018
 February 28, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Cameron Abbott, Keely O’Dowd, and Giles Whittaker of K&L Gates write:

As discussed in a recent blog post on CyberWatch Australia, researchers from the University of Melbourne successfully re-identified the medical data of Australian patients that formed part of a de-identified open dataset. This raises a myriad of questions about privacy, the need for access to big data, and how organisations can protect the information with which they are entrusted.


In August 2016, the Federal Department of Health published online the de-identified longitudinal medical billing records of 10% of Australians, about 2.9 million people. For each selected patient, all publicly-reimbursed medical and pharmaceutical bills for the years 1984 to 2014 were included.

Read more on National Law Review.

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