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OECD finds some countries are too restrictive about sharing personal data

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 03 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2116
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has identified “considerable and troubling differences” in the way countries collect and use personal health data for public benefit.

The study found that some OECD countries, including the United Kingdom, have been able to balance individual privacy rights with seeking to use data to monitor population health and improve the quality of services. Other countries, however, have been unnecessarily restrictive about how data can be shared and need to be supported to “reduce obstacles” to data use.

The OECD warned that forthcoming legislative reforms could “turn back the clock on the progress that has been made in enabling access to and use of personal …

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