My Health Record opt-out doubles to 2.5 million people

Sydney Morning Herald

20 February 2019 - The number of Australians who opted out of the My Health Record system doubled after the deadline was extended by three months, hitting 2.5 million people on January 31.

It means there are now 23.2 million Australians signed up for the controversial digital health system, after 1.4 million people scrambled to opt out after the federal government’s original planned end date of October 31.

The deadline was extended amid security and privacy concerns, pending a Senate inquiry that resulted in new legislation to tighten up protections for patients, including ensuring that police may not access a person's health information without a warrant.

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