Thursday, August 30, 2007

Community Attitudes to Privacy 2007

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Australia has issued a report titled Community Attitudes to Privacy 2007. The study aimed "to understand Australians' changing awareness and opinions about privacy laws, how they apply to government and business and how individuals view a range of emerging issues, in particular, identity fraud and theft and the use of closed circuit television."

Also included in the report was an assessment of consumer attitudes towards health services and privacy including inclusion in a National Health Database, health professionals sharing patient information, Doctors discussing personal medical information in an identifiable way, and disclosure of the fact that a patient has a genetic illness - with and without consent. A brief analysis of the report and its implications for health care can be found on Dr. David More's blog Australian Health Information Technology.

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