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Today's Tech: NHS admits its database is full of holes, Merkel proposes Europe-only Internet, and data speed records smashed

The hypocritic oath

Patient confidentiality and the security of medical records could be put at risk by the NHS' new £50 million medical records database, according to the public sector's own risk analysis.

A document shared with The Telegraph has revealed internal concerns surrounding the controversial proposed database, with decision makers worried that it could allow hackers to "maliciously" identify patients by their records.

A Merkel business

Germany and France will carry out talks to discuss a new European communication network that would avoid emails and online data passing through the US.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of the new network in her weekly podcast, stating her intention to propose it to French President Francois Hollande when she meets with him on Wednesday.

"We'll talk with France about how we can maintain a high level of data protection," Merkel said. "Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic."

The Fast and the Furious

Researchers at IBM Labs claim to have achieved a world record data transfer speed of up to 400Gbps using a new analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) chip.

IBM unveiled the advanced ADC at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

The results were achieved under lab conditions, with IBM working in collaboration with Swiss research institution the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne on the project.