As France prepares to open up billions of pages of patient data for medical research, the country is gearing up for the possible public concerns surrounding the plan, Politico reports. Allowing the use of patient data for research could lead to breakthroughs in medical care and tailoring treatments. Professionals in the e-health business say France’s focus on privacy has left the country behind in terms of big data use. Addressing potential privacy concerns, CNIL has laid out standards for companies and researchers to follow when using data without patient authorization and the sanctions they would face for noncompliance. “For some, big data is Big Brother,” Health Minister Marisol Touraine said. “I’m convinced big data is an opportunity to seize, as long as we set a direction, rules and safeguards.”
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