It might just be that we are the dumbest people on earth, via Domain:
A Chinese company’s plans to take over healthcare giant Healius is raising concerns in Canberra because the deal could compromise Australian Defence Force medical records, including those of elite special forces.
…The ADF’s prized Garrison Health Services contract was last year won by British-based international healthcare group Bupa after previously being held by Medibank Private. As part of the new deal Healius was engaged as a sub-contractor to provide imaging services for the entire Australian Defence Force.
The change meant Healius was handed years of historical data on military personnel including names, dates of birth, addresses, referral notes, pathology results, images and radiology reports.
Retired major general and former Liberal senator Jim Molan said protecting military data was critical and warned it should only be held by a trusted source.
“Intelligence laws in China require any company, Hong Kong or China-based companies to act in the best interests, when required, of the Chinese government,” he said.
He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.
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