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The New Privacy Crisis: What's Health Got to Do with It?

  • Anthony W. Orlando
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    Requests for reprints should be addressed to Anthony W. Orlando, Ph.D., 3801 West Temple Avenue, Building 164, Room 2026, Pomona, CA 91768
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    Assistant Professor of Finance, Real Estate, & Law, College of Business Administration, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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  • Arnold J. Rosoff
    Affiliations
    Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Health Care Management, The Wharton School, and Senior Fellow, The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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Published:October 24, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2018.09.033
      When The New York Times and The Observer broke the news in March that a little-known consulting firm named Cambridge Analytica had used private data from millions of Facebook users, allegedly without their consent, few readers could have foreseen the major implications for their health care. They certainly could not have known that Cambridge Analytica's client list extended far beyond the victorious political campaigns of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, to a major healthcare provider, New York University's Langone Hospital, and a major insurance provider, the London-traded Hiscox Ltd.
      • Zadrozny B
      • Collins B
      Inside the final days of Cambridge Analytica: failed rebrands, fleeing clients and Nerf basketball.
      Even now, the public remains largely unaware of the threats to their personal health information from new and rapidly developing technologies.
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        Fast-forward to the frightening future: how the 21st Century Cures Act accelerates technological innovation . . . at unknown risk to us all.
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      1. Information Commissioner's Office. Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Available at: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/. Accessed June 30, 2018.