Friday, February 17, 2006

Shut up shut up shut up shut up

Bill Decker, breaking it down:
The public good sometimes requires absolute candor between a medical professional and a patient. That's why confidentiality is enshrined in medical ethics and in the law. But you'd have to admit that most of the passion is on the other side of the argument. You can see for yourself at www.theadvertiser.com, where we've posted responses about the handling of the meningitis outbreak. More privacy battles rage. The fight over Roe v. Wade is really about whether a legislature's efforts to limit abortion intrude on a woman's private decision. Because of the 9/11 attacks, the federal government has new access to personal information such as library records, and, without benefit of warrants, it has monitored overseas calls originating in the United States. Google and the Justice Department are battling over Internet search engine records as part of a pornography investigation. It would be tragic if we draw the privacy line in a place where it would prevent public health officials from protecting the public's health.
Isn't there a Halo game somewhere that you could be in?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firstly, he's got his facts wrong on the Google thing: "Google and the Justice Department are battling over Internet search engine records as part of a pornography investigation."

There is no investigation of anything.

The reason the Justice department is subpoenaing the records is that they want to use Google's information to justify a revision of a law already struck down which will stand up to constitutional criticism - to build kind of the the opposite of the substantial non-infringing use argument which helped Sony win the VCR-as-fair-use battle.

And frankly, it's Google's information and it shouldn't be subject to subpoena for this purpose.

To then go and use these three attempts (one successful) to perpetrate unconsitutional acts on the American people to justify a fourth is incredible.

2/18/2006 03:51:00 PM  

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