(Data) Anarchy the the UK

recent article in the Guardian describes plans for the UK National Health Service to begin centralizing all of its patient data and making that information available to third parties, including pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Under the scheme, these third parties would apply to a proposed Health and Social Care Information Centre for access to the data. Successful applicants will have access to “pseudonymized” health records, but also to metadata including date of birth, postcode, ethnicity, and gender. 

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