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Confidentiality

Human Rights and the Duty to Protect Sensitive Data

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Jim Fruchterman

Don't victims of human rights abuse, refugees, LGBT individuals, and survivors of gender-based violence deserve the same kind of respect for their sensitive information as you expect when you visit a clinic?

Can You Keep a Secret?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

What's the best way to respond when you observe violations of confidentiality in public?

The Insanity Defense: James Holmes, the Aurora Shootings and the Psychiatrist's Dilemma

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.30.2013 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

Lawyers for James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, now say he will change his plea f...

Why a Media Shield Is Impossible

Peter G. Miller | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Peter G. Miller

There's a new urgency in Washington, a sense that the time has come to establish a national media shield that would protect news organizations and reporters from federal subpoenas and secret spying. It won't happen, certainly not in any meaningful way.

Please -- Don't Remind Me!

Pamela Glasner | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

If someone shares something in confidence, particularly something that's difficult to bear, maybe we should go a step further with our definition than just not bringing it up at the next town meeting. Maybe we should not bring it up at all, to anyone, ever.

Expect Your Conversations to Appear in Court

Brad Reid | Posted 04.01.2013 | Technology
Brad Reid

As technology progresses, what communications are considered public increases and correspondingly the private decreases.

Medical Privacy for Royalty and the Rest of Us

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We are not all royalty, but we do deserve medical privacy. I have seen both sides and continue to be amazed how much more careful we need to be.

Trade Secrets May Be Lost

Brad Reid | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business
Brad Reid

One cannot be too careful or continually vigilant that everyday conduct does not negate the initial precautions. This would be like purchasing a safe but failing to lock the door. Companies have discontinued factory tours due to trade secret disclosure concerns.

Sharing Office Cubicles... and Diagnoses

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Coworkers occupy peculiar in-between roles in our lives. Most days, we spend at least half of our waking hours with them. Disclosing our personal problems to them can offer advantages, generating social support, or can prompt stigma and discrimination.

Florida's Hospitals Have a Secret

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 03.28.2012 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

Florida's medical secrecy laws are buried deep into Florida's statutes and are supported in part by federal laws. Hospitals are permitted by law to practice under a veil of secrecy that no public corporation or government division enjoys.

Is Schwarzenegger's 'Love Child' Entitled To More Child Support?

Fred Silberberg | Posted 07.27.2011 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Much attention has been given in the last two weeks to the disclosure that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with the ...

Madgirl: A Very Angry Child Starts Psychoanalysis on Madmen

Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon

For a child like Sally, ridden with internalized conflicts, shameful secrets and embedded misery, child analysis is the treatment of choice.

Doctor-Writers: What Are the Ethics?

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

There is a veritable epidemic of doctor-writers out there. What is going on? Are doctors suddenly in the kiss-and-tell mode? What about confidentiality? Professionalism? HIPAA?

James Risen Subpoena: New York Times Reporter Refuses To Name Sources For CIA Book

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Obama administration is seeking to compel a writer to testify about his confidential sources for a 2006 book about the Central Intelligence Agency...

My Divorce is None of Your Business

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

If I get divorced in New York, the documents pertaining to my divorce remain confidential. If I get divorced in California, the documents pertaining to my divorce become a matter of public record.

No One Has the Sense to Protect These Children

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Fred Silberberg

Certainly no one asked these eight small children whether they wanted what would otherwise have been a private, and hopefully somewhat innocent childhood, kept that way.