"The Conservatives, whose independent review on medical IT reports soon, say there is no prospect of NHS records being handed over to Google in bulk. The party argues that it is simply preparing for an open source world, where individuals will manage and share data more effectively, and cheaply, than government ever can. If people want to use Google Health, or Microsoft HealthVault, they should be allowed to, on their own terms.
"But for individuals to be empowered, they must first be protected. Data is only guarded by the promises of the organisations that hold it. Users can protest if the terms of their contracts are changed, but there are no central rules and no central control. For some, that is the attraction. But do not mistake this for a right to privacy." —The Guardian