Comments ran out today so sorry for being late to the party but this sound like it’s going a little too far.  The National Health Securitimagey Strategy (NHSS)could keep track of anything with the way the language is written.  All you would need is a government defined health incident and that is very broad in definition to allow the dogs in to monitor your behavior before, during and after the incident!  So you could be monitored it sounds like and then an incident made up later? 

“This is not privacy,” Brase said. “Officials want a ‘near-real-time’ reporting requirement for electronic data systems. What is a ‘health threat’ or ‘incident’ that could jeopardize our ‘national health security?’ The Strategy says these could include terrorist activities, antibiotic resistance, climate change or subjects surrounding the economic environment. In other words, anything and everything could become a health threat by the government’s standards.”

Seriously now we need some digital centric laws!  Verbiage just lets computer code run hog ass wild.  If you have not read it, take a look at the World Forum Privacy Report too where the rest of the world is watching “The Scoring of America” so if it’s not the government you are denied access with algorithmic code as the US has become a nation of Stat Rats. 

World Privacy Forum Report - The Scoring of America: How Secret Consumer Scores Threaten Your Privacy and Your Future - One Big Element that Fuels the Continued Attack of Killer Algorithms & Demise of the Middle Class Creating Profiteering And/Or Denial of Access

The biosurveillance plan is much more intrusive than the data collection currently being done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We know the CDC collects data to compile reports, etc. on the health of the US population.  A I understand this access via this program would pretty much open up any of your medical records for the government to review, scrutinize and again monitor you if they so decided. 

If you missed it, I’ll toss this in for good “privacy” measure, it’s part two of the PBS “United States of Secrets” documentary.  Part One is good but it’s a long one and gives some good history but part 2 is where you can see the NSA snake in on Google’s cables and it might be partly the reason Google is so busy spending money in DC with Congress lobbying for what they want.  Also listen to how Google kind of “worked” a California State Senator on Gmail scanning…very interesting. 

As consumers we’re screwed all the way around I swear.  BD 

A very broad government biosurveillance plan that makes your health records a matter of “national security” showed up on my radar today. It opens the door leading to the government having near-real-time access to monitor your health. I apologize for only hearing about this, and bringing it to you at the last minute, since the deadline to submit comments is 5 PM Eastern time today, May 21. Of course the reason we might not have heard much about this “sneaky biosurveillance plan that will track American’s health records” is because the 50-page departmental draft (pdf) states, “Do not cite or quote.” Well that’s too damned bad, since this affects you, me, our kids, everyone in the United States!

It’s regarded as national security, meaning in the same way NSA surveillance was a secret until the Snowden leaks, you won’t even know how your health is being spied upon and shared with others. The 2015-2018 National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) (pdf) will keep track of and share information about not just sick people and sick animals, but even sick plants.

“The information collected by the government will be ‘all-encompassing’ and include ‘what our health status is, whether we exercise, how often we get a cold, or what kind of medications we’re taking,” according to the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).

Brase told CNCNews that the “NHSS proposal would allow the federal government to monitor an individual’s behavior before, during and after any government-defined health ‘incident.’ It’s very broad. It doesn’t seem to have any limits, except they say something about, you know, properly protecting the data. But from our perspective, if the government gets access to this kind of data, [and] is allowed to do research with the data…then our privacy has already been compromised. The government has already said that our data is their data for their purposes of national health security.”

Brase warns that the “government’s biosurveillance plan is much more intrusive than the data collection currently being done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” It “talks about the need for the ‘examination of data from electronic medical records’ and calls for ‘cooperation among federal and non-federal stakeholders, including the scientific community and public and private healthcare providers ... to achieve an efficient and reliable surveillance system.”

“Cut through the jargon, and simply put, the government’s plan means that your medical records would be shared with government officials."


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