Remarks on the Question of Privacy Raised by the Automation of Mental Health Records

by Paul Baran

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It is necessary to face issues of the individual's right to privacy raised by the future automation of information systems. Systems will be interconnected for both economy and performance, but time-shared computer file systems will not at first have adequate safeguards commensurate with the sensitivity of the information they contain. The problem is thus how to obtain the greatest benefits from such systems with the least danger to privacy.

These remarks were presented to the American Orthopsychiatric Association Workshop, Washington, D.C., March 21-23, 1967.

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