July 16, 2018

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071618)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. Interesting article from down under.

    My Health Record systems collapse under more opt-outs than expected

    After spending 4 billion dollars on the system, they had to make it opt-out to justify the spending.

    [...] The system was originally planned to be opt-in, but poor adoption rates led to the government flipping it to an opt-out system. Victoria’s then privacy commissioner David Watts called that a fundamental breach of trust.

    “I actually designed the regulatory system for e-health in Australia, and I swore black and blue … that we would never be an opt-out system, and always be an opt-in. And of course it’s now an opt-out system in order to drive take-up of e-health, because AU$4 billion had been spent on it and very few people had registered,” Watts told a privacy conference in 2016. [...]

    And of course, it respects your privacy (by law no less).

    [...] Those opting out have cited a wide range of privacy and security concerns — something this writer thinks is completely understandable. The ADHA’s Dr Steve Hambleton has downplayed the risks.

    “I can absolutely categorically state that none of the apps and none of the use of the My Health Record data will be able to be sold to third parties — that’s absolutely prohibited,” he said.

    And yet earlier this month, the My Health Record partner app HealthEngine was caught doing exactly that.

    We know full well that prohibiting something doesn’t mean it won’t happen.[...]

    Comment by Par for the Course — July 16, 2018 @ 6:57 am

  2. Another food myth bites the dust.

    Mythbuster: Research Shows Whole-Milk Products Won’t Kill You, May Even Prevent Strokes

    [...] Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston say that not only are dairy fats not linked to the development of heart disease or stroke, it turns out they may actually help prevent people from suffering a severe stroke. [...]

    “Consistent with previous findings, our results highlight the need to revisit current dietary guidance on whole fat dairy foods, which are rich sources of nutrients such as calcium and potassium,” says Otto. “These are essential for health not only during childhood but throughout life, particularly also in later years when undernourishment and conditions like osteoporosis are more common.” [...]

    Most likely reaction from the left … “Who funded the study, the NMPF (National Milk Producers Federation)?

    Comment by Par for the Course — July 16, 2018 @ 8:31 am

  3. Guess the assumption that the sheep will just go along didn’t pan out.

    Comment by Tom — July 16, 2018 @ 10:22 am

  4. Government bureaucrats’ “scientific” handling of food and nutrition advice during the past 50+ years shows we can’t trust their word on virtually anything. All that bogus information, but yet we’re supposed to blindly accept their word on “climate change,” etc., etc.

    Comment by Tom — July 16, 2018 @ 10:25 am

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