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Fears of privacy breach in release of patients’ data

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 15 2020   /  01:00 am
National COVID-19 Task Force chief Doni Monardo, also the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head, attends a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing social affairs at the parliamentary complex in Jakarta on July 13, 2020.(Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

The government’s plan to release COVID-19 patients’ personal data for preventive measures has received a lukewarm response, with a public policy expert calling it worrisome and unnecessary. “Personal health data is a very sensitive data that should the government release one patient’s data, it might lead to him or her being subject to discrimination by the rest of society,” Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) deputy director Wahyudi Djafar told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. He was referring to a plan by the national COVID-19 task force to release patients’ personal data in an effort to encourage adherence to health protocols in affected areas. Task force chief and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said such data would only be made available to people living in the patients’ neighborhoods. "Cu...