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Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the editorial “Digitized medical records: They've become an unsecured threat” : Digital records have existed for many years, but when the government decided to take charge it absurdly enforced the idea of “privacy” by effectively requiring that all records comply with a government standard and be placed in the government's hands. Nothing is private that must be accessible to hundreds of thousands of medical workers and government employees.

That is like asking the National Security Agency to protect the privacy of our emails and telephone calls. It should not have them in the first place.

Richard E. Ralston

Newport Beach, Calif.

The writer is executive director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (



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