Thursday, January 11, 2007

The VA and Personal Health Information

For a troubling report on how serious Department of Veterans' Affairs Researchers are about the privacy of veterans' personal health information, see The Hill here:

“Congress is actually rather angry at the VA because we’ve been technically breaking the law for a decade,” [Deputy Chief of Research and Development Dr. Joseph] Francis said. “In 1996 legislation was passed called the Clinger-Cohen Act that really set the timing for all agencies to follow certain types of business principles in IT [information technology] procurement and IT management, including cyber security. We’ve basically ignored that; many agencies didn’t.”

American veterans deserve better.

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