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Opinion: First Responder Law Sets “Low Standard”


August 10, 2012

Calgary privacy professional Sharon Polsky writes about her concerns over a British Columbia law that would allow first responders to access medical records of others if they’ve come in contact with bodily fluids. In Polsky writes that allowing first responders full access to medical files without certain limits, “sets a very low standard and an inviting precedent.” Polsky writes, “A law such as this can only be valid if it clearly articulates and limits the circumstances in which such a privacy invasion may be conducted and limits to whom the information may be further divulged,” adding that a neutral third party may be the best person to conduct the review.
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