Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jun 2014 23:07 UTC

Google CEO Larry Page on privacy issues:

I'm not trying to minimize the issues. For me, I'm so excited about the possibilities to improve things for people, my worry would be the opposite. We get so worried about these things that we don't get the benefits. I think that's what's happened in health care. We've decided, through regulation largely, that data is so locked up that it can't be used to benefit people very well.

Right now we don't data-mine health care data. If we did we'd probably save 100,000 lives next year. I'm very worried that the media and governments will try to stoke the people's fears and we'll end up in a state where we could benefit a lot of people but we re not able to do that. That's the likely outcome.

The problem is not that people aren't open to the possible benefits from information gleamed from large piles of data. No, the problem is that both governments and companies alike have a history of abusing and/or leaking this data. In other words, the people's skepticism is entirely the industry's own fault.

Introspection, Mr. Page.

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RE: Health care
by r_a_trip on Fri 27th Jun 2014 10:47 UTC in reply to "Health care"
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But he does have a point on health care. There must be some way to mine that data without exposing patient details.

Which would only lead to marginally better statistics, but wouldn't help anyone running a severe health risk, because the data is anonymous.

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