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NHS gathers private medical info without notification
Massive database on smoking, drinking, other habits as well as standard medical exam info. What could go wrong?
Combine that with death panels and you've got something to hold over people...
Posted by:lotp

#7   ...number of government people prosecuted for FOIA violations?

Sigh. The Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is responsible for enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules. You file a complaint with HHS' OCR, they investigate and if a criminal violation is deemed to have taken place, the case is turned over to DOJ for prosecution.

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." Edmund Burke

Or as commonly construed, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Nobody said that the triumph of good would be easy.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey   2013-02-03 12:11  

#6  ...number of government people prosecuted for FOIA violations? /rhet question. Laws are for little people.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2013-02-03 11:47  

#5  If you read the the fine print,

"Required Disclosures. A covered entity must disclose protected health information in only two situations: (a) to individuals (or their personal representatives) specifically when they request access to, or an accounting of disclosures of, their protected health information; and (b) to HHS when it is undertaking a compliance investigation or review or enforcement action." Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule

you can request a list of all of those who have been granted access to your PHI. And if you didn't authorize it, well that is what lawyers are for.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey   2013-02-03 11:11  

#4  Something to think about when you visit your local Dr. McCoy and sign the consent forms; somewhere in the fine print is your OK to release your information to 'others,' usually a long winded description that could include the local dog-catcher. Kinda kicks the patient Privacy Act to the curb.
Posted by: USN,Ret.   2013-02-03 10:56  

#3  Both now monitored by the government however.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-02-03 08:01  

#2  1) Oh yes some people did, Besoeker.

2) There's an important difference between race/ethnicity, which one inherits, and behaviors for which one bears responsibility.
Posted by: lotp   2013-02-03 07:31  


Section VI, Applicant group identification:

(___) Native American
(___) Hispanic
(___) White Non-Hispanic
(___) African American
(___) Other
(___) I'd rather not say

It began a very long time ago and nobody said much then either.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-02-03 01:56