For the AP’s The Big Story, Adam Tanner was interviewed about “the promise and pitfalls of big medical data in his upcoming book Our Bodies, Our Data.”
Question: What’s the worst case scenario for the future?
Answer: The risk is that all of these anonymized profiles which have detailed histories of people become easily identifiable in years to come. Why would you want to re-identify medical data? Perhaps you’re a political opponent of someone and you want to destroy them. Perhaps you’re a romantic rival of someone at work. Perhaps you’re a foreign government that wants to control a legislator. In recent years, we’ve seen a big upswing in medical records theft and hacking. All those kinds of things put more and more information out about us. [AP.org]