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By Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) ·
TechRepublic Member Oz_Media posted personal medical information about another member in a discussion forum - information he has no idea about its accuracy. Without a signed released and *massive* security controls, such releases of private medical information are illegal.

What do you think? Do you think people who release unconfirmed, privledged medical information about others to slander them in public discussion forums should be prosecuted? Should they simply have their posting privledges removed?

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Your shots at Bucky are justified, yet he is just a tired old man with no direction in life and some real medical, psychological problems.

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Well I admit to having AIDS

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to ..and in another thread.. ...

ALCOHOL INDUCED DIZZY SPELLS.

These happen after a very bad day/week and I just have to let off a bit of steam.

Col

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Is he your physician?

by ProtiusX In reply to Publishing Private Health ...

The disclosure of ones personal medical information without expressed consent is an invasion of privacy and can be illegal. However if Oz was merely repeating something that was posted by you at a different time then the disclosure was your own during the original post. For a crime to have been committed he would have had to have access to your medical records, remove or copy those medical records without permission, and then use those records.
So I guess what I would advise is that you try to limit the amount of personal information you give out publicly on the Internet.

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Legalities involved, get a lawyer.....better yet, where's your sign?

by ippirate In reply to Publishing Private Health ...

I can see where your concerns would be fully justified and action is definately necessary. You should make an example of the guilty party.

In further note to your post, no, in fact, it is not Oz who is guilty of posting personal information. He made an accusation and you have in turn confirmed it in your post, thereby, making yourself the responsible party (Until you verified it as fact it was just heresay). As you are in fact an individual who does have direct and intimate knowledge of above stated ailments you do have the direct responsibility to ensure that knowledge of your condition(s) is kept private and only passed to parties with a direct interest/activity in the treatment of said condition(s). In the fact that you failed to uphold your confidentiality you do have the avenue of litigation against yourself for releasing it to the public, if in fact, you, the offending party, did knowingly and willingly, release this information without your, the offended party and clearly a victim in this case, express written consent. This is a matter that you will have to determine prior to bringing legal due to the fact that if you do in fact have written consent to release your condition to the public and you brought suit you could then, in turn, counter for defamation of character, wrongful suit and damages.

If I were you and you were me, I would sue me and go the next step of kicking myself in the cajones for being so arrogant, tasteless, callous and stupid. You would probably be sitting here thinking just how dang stupid I was for posting medical information in full knowledge of it's factual content and sensitive nature. I'm not and neither are you and boy am I glad, I'd hate to be in your shoes and I would definately hate to be as stupid as you have got to be for having done it in the first place. Especially with all the rage about HIPPA in the halls of IT right now.

The only thing that Oz would in fact be in guilt of is voicing a personal opinion with some rather crude comments directed toward you. You could maybe try to get him for exposing how much of an idiot you really are but then again, the judge might agree with that an in turn make you a precedent by actually convicting you of being stupid.

Here's your sign by the way.......

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True or False?

by Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) In reply to Legalities involved, get ...

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In further note to your post, no, in fact, it is not Oz who is guilty of posting personal information. He made an accusation and you have in turn confirmed it in your post, thereby, making yourself the responsible party (Until you verified it as fact it was just heresay).

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You're saying that it's okay to release false medical information, but not confirmed factual medical information? That's kinda silly.

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Not at all

by JamesRL In reply to True or False?

If your erractic and bizarre behaviour here elicits and admittedly cheap shot from Oz - thats give and take. I don't necessarily agree with it, but you yourself have not been terribly good at respecting others, so to a certain extent you reap what you have sown.

On the other hand, if someone comes into possesion of real "medical records", there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, in most modern democracies. There are laws in most jurisdictions.

James

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Cheap Shot's are Disrespectful

by Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) In reply to Not at all

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I don't necessarily agree with it, but you yourself have not been terribly good at respecting others, so to a certain extent you reap what you have sown.
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What's disrespectful about discussing politics? Defending the "cheap shots" - now *that's* disrespectful.

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Discussing politics

by JamesRL In reply to Cheap Shot's are Disrespe ...

There is a wide gap between what I would consider to be civil discourse and the kind of things you have been posting.

You have insulted republicans as dumb, belonging to a hate based party full of gay bashers. You attack them with a very broad brush, and you don't shy away from using insult, invective and personal attack.

So why then are you confused when you get the same thing back in return? Even from people like Oz, who share some of your sentiments.

I respect your right to express an opinion. I don't have to respect the manner in which you insult and bait people. That is a cheap shot in my book.

James

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I agree with james

by Packet Spoofer In reply to Discussing politics

Most people here that I disagree with on many issues....Oz being one of them....I would definitely have a beer with...but I would not want to share oxygen from the same room as this guy...he is obnoxious!

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Foundation

by Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) In reply to Discussing politics

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You have insulted republicans as dumb, belonging to a hate based party full of gay bashers.
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That's not disrespectful. That's descriptive. Disrespectful would be if those "insults" were unfounded. But many Republicans are downright PROUD to be anti-intellectual, hateful toward many peoples, and supportive of gay-bashing. They say so loudly and proudly, and their fellows give their tacit approval to that sentiment.

Remember - this is the party that represents the Aryan nation, White Power, the Moral Majority, the Klan, the Christian Coaltion, and the rest of Americas militant, right wingers. Hatred is a beloved sentiment amongst Bush's followers.

Granted, many Bush Republicans take offense when confronted with their massive stockpile of failures - but that's the price they pay for the life they lead.

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Intellectual dishonesty

by JamesRL In reply to Foundation

Are you really so blind or are you a troll?

You are painting a picture with a rather broad brush and smearing a lot of people in the process.

How could a party that represents the Aryan Nation and White Power have a cabinet that includes Condelisa Rice and Colin Powell.

I don't agree with many Republicans on gay marriage - I don't have a problem with it - but I don't believe that all of them are hateful or anti-intellectual just because we don't hold the same opinion.

I do think you could be a troll - someone who deliberately provokes outrage and enjoys a big reaction. The alternative - that you actually believe everything you post, is truly frighetening.

James

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