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Hide from the Digital World--At Your Own Risk

The American Medical Association's trade newsletter had an interesting, if troubling story about a recent rise in medical identity theft--and the major health conditions that can arise from having the wrong information in a permanent digital record. While mistaken medical information offers one scary type of error we'll make with data mining, I think the bigger risk is from using proxies for identity--such as Facebook profiles--to make unwarranted and potentially catastrophic conclusions.

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