Do the benefits of wider data sharing outweigh the risks from a breach involving treatment for substance use? Fanatic Studio/Getty Images hide caption

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VA addiction therapist Brandon Coleman, now on administrative leave, testified about widespread problems with privacy breaches before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs in September. Madison Kirkman/AP Images for ProPublica hide caption

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The Medical Board of California accused Peter Brabeck's doctor in 2011 of overprescribing him controlled substances. Afterward, Brabeck, who lives near Carmel, Calif., learned the doctor had hired a private investigator and gave him Brabeck's medical records. Ramin Rahimian for ProPublica hide caption

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ProPublica's Charles Ornstein talks about data breaches
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The University of Oregon is under fire from students and some employees for turning a student's mental-health records over to its lawyers. Rick Obst/Flickr hide caption

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College Rape Case Shows A Key Limit To Medical Privacy Law
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Mark, a California minister, says the day he was first shut out of all treatment discussions regarding his mentally ill teenage son "was the first time we really started to feel hopeless." Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Privacy Law Frustrates Parents Of Mentally Ill Adult Children
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