Privacy…can we expect it anymore?
We have always heard of privacy and confidentiality between people and lawyers, doctors, priests, and psychologists. We expect privacy from these people….and I guess I was naive and stupid enough to believe that other officials also had to respect confidentiality and privacy. But today, I was wrong. And honestly, I was shocked and surprised.
I was talking to a friend who had had a motor vehicle accident last week and asked how he and his SUV were doing. He told me the tale of the battle of the car insurances and body shops and who was doing what and when and why. And then he mentioned that 2 attorneys had called inquiring about his injuries and if he was having any headaches, pains, etc.
My first thought was: how did they get your name and number. His answer surprised me: it’s a matter of public record when you are in an accident.
Excuse me here for a second. I work in a medical office. If I so much as leave a name, or account number, or a random birth date and someone sees it, I face thousands of dollars in fines AND jail time.
But the police can release accident reports that have the same information: name, birth date, address, phone numbers, what you drive, etc. So my question is: do they verify that the people asking for the report have a right to that report? I mean, can I call up and say: hey I want to see Ted Kennedy’s accident report??
All I can think of is with the increase of identity theft these days, can we really expect privacy? Of all groups, I would expect police to protect my privacy. Afterall, they will be part of the group to arrest me when I release the wrong thing to the wrong person.
And this falls into my other favorite topic—the government is forcing physicians to get electronic health records (EHR) or electronic medica records (EMR). This means that not only is your personal information forced to be online, but your medical history is also available online.
If your information is hacked and released, your doctor and his staff would be liable for fines, penalties and an entire host of aggravation. The government decided that a locked doctor’s office is not as secure as the World Wide Web where anyone with half brain cell could hack into your system and take your identity—even half way around the world.
The government has satellites floating around in space with enough technology to count the hairs on your head or track your pet ant running away from home. Our cities and towns have cameras on stoplights, street corners, and various other places to watch our every move, legal or not. All for our so-called security. (Yet we have no plans to watch the borders for intruders. And rules and regulations not to detain the ILLEGAL entry into our country).
I am losing all sense of security. I feel like soon there will be cameras in every home to make sure we aren’t scratching our behinds or picking our noses. Everyday I’m beginning to feel what those in 1917 Russia when they lost all of their rights.
We are forced to change the way we receive health care (did anyone ask you if you wanted your health record online??). We are forced how we bank (if you didn’t know, banks have to report many transactions that in my humble opinion should not be anyone’s business). They even record phone calls and check mail to see who we call, what we say, and who we get mail from.
Yes Big Government joined Big Brother and they are watching. Now we need to find out who ‘they’ are. And what do they do with all that information? Is it secure?
And my biggest fear: it won’t matter who is in the Oval Office.
Something to think about……..