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[2]: Smells like U.S.A.
by frood on Fri 27th Jun 2014 12:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Smells like U.S.A."
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As someone who works for a firm who looks after a lot of confidential information for governments and corporations I can tell you the levels of access are incredibly granular. As a server admin I theoretically have access to the database files but its all encrypted. I wouldn't be able to read any of it.

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