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Let's score not one, but two, for med-privacy and Lewis Lorton, on his
posting on the arguably open access to personal records. Today's Wall Street
Journal (Thomas Weber (B7) Technology and Health, AND today's National Public
Radio spotlighted something Lewis brought up this week about access to
certain personal data, through Lexis-Nexis.
While in both cases, Lexis, et.al. played down concerns, one NPR interviewee
admitted he pulled up his own records through his SS # and was not happy to
find his non-published phone number available for whoever to see.
This, according to the publisher of Privacy Times Editor Smith, has given
rise to the concern citizens have for privacy. Especially since reports
indicated thousands of callers have phoned L/N, to have their names and data
I am somewhat amazed that this list has achieved such noteriety. I caution
all, under this wide scrutiny, to constrain our conduct, and seek maximum
accuracy in our communiques. This applies to me as well. And I applaud Lewis
for accurately providing a caveat in his posting that the info posted had not
been confirmed. I believe the NPR interviewee who said he saw his non-pub
number available somewhat corroborates the forward Lewis posted.
Well done, med-privacy, for we (all of us) have raised this personal privacy
issue to an unprecedented level of national debate and awareness.