The EPD was killed by the equivalent of the senate, based on cost-benefit analysis, privacy issues and a somewhat rough track record for my government on the subject of the successful implementation of huge ICT projects. I am very proud of these “old men” of politics. It is very, very rare that the senate votes down a law like this; their primary job is to ensure new laws are consistent and are rather a-politic.

I hear the same project is being tried in Canada, where the administration is selling at as a huge benefit for the patients. I hope a few people have a look on how things seem to have run.

Note: not that it has been completely shot down. It is still allowed on a regional level.