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Subject: HHS RFI on Personal Information

Hi Folks,

I neglected to include in my previous post the second of the two 
Requests For Information from the Department of Health and Human 


This one is specific to our domain in that it asks for information thus:

"SUMMARY: To improve emergency preparedness, response and recovery 
efforts, HHS invites public comment on the availability or 
feasibility of private sector services through which individuals 
could voluntarily submit their personal information for storage so 
that they, their family members, or other designated individuals 
could access the information in an emergency...."

I put the salient phrase in bold and underlined it in order to 
highlight that this is exactly what I, personally, have sought to 
avoid, though my aim has not been directed to the emergency 
management domain but rather to the domain of privacy issues and the 
issue of who "owns" personal information in general, and, in more 
recent times, health records in particular.

Regardless, I thought the two were covered in the same RFI, which I, 
obviously, did not read through entirely or I would have noticed. 
This is what comes of taking a third party summary too literally. 
However, I am glad that it is framed as a second, separate RFI though 
part of the pair of RFIs issued by HHS on this. Here is the HHS page 
that covers these two RFIs.


I will do my best to get this clear in the minutes I write up over the weekend.

Rex Brooks
President, CEO
Starbourne Communications Design
GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510-849-2309

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