… Now, the European Union is on the verge of implementing new laws that would see children under the age of 16 banned from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and email, unless they have parental permission. The new regulations would see the age of consent for websites to use personal date raise from 13 to 16-years-old.
So you are a health professional or knowledgeable consumer and think you understand the issues surrounding privacy and exchange of personal health information? So did I, until I recently became a patient and had the temerity (or is that foolishness and patience?) to actually read the consent when I went to the outpatient surgical center for a cancer screening procedure.
And what I read was — to say the least — disturbing. When it came to sharing my health information, there were no middle options: either it could be shared with other exchanges, vendors, consultants, and others nationwide, or I wouldn’t be able to get access when I really needed it — especially in an emergency situation.
Human Rights Watch on Monday dropped legal claims over a Drug Enforcement Administration bulk-surveillance program, confirming the database used to store call records was destroyed this year.
“Today we can declare victory and voluntarily dismiss our case,” Human Rights Watch senior coordinator Henry Peck said in a statement, adding that while bulk collection still continues overseas “we can celebrate a small victory for transparency and legality today, and hope for further victories to come.”
From stuff.co.nz, news comes that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is now able to solemnize marriages. The registration was listed in the NZ gazette yesterday. The Registrar-General decided that the Church met the criteria in New Zealand for solemnizing marriages, as per the Marriage Act 1955, namely that the "principal object of the organization was to uphold or promote religious beliefs, philosophical or humanitarian convictions."
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