The Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Developments in privacy law and writings of a Canadian privacy lawyer, containing information related to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (aka PIPEDA) and other Canadian and international laws.
The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.
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The views expressed herein are solely the author's and should not be attributed to his employer or clients. Any postings on legal issues are provided as a public service, and do not constitute solicitation or provision of legal advice. The author makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained herein or linked to. Nothing herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel.
This web site is presented for informational purposes only. These materials do not constitute legal advice and do not create a solicitor-client relationship between you and David T.S. Fraser. If you are seeking specific advice related to Canadian privacy law or PIPEDA, contact the author, David T.S. Fraser.
Sunday, October 03, 2004
I blogged a little while ago about a lawsuit that has been brought against a drug store chain in California for allegedly violating California and US health privacy laws by engaging in prohibited marketing activities on behalf of drug companies (see Lawsuit: Privacy advocacy group sues drug store chain over alleged privacy concerns). In the last two days, Parry Aftab has written her reflections on the suit and the issues it raises. Check out The Albertson's healthcare privacy issues: how much do you really care? and HIPAA: Healthcare privacy and marketing.
"While many consumer and privacy advocacy groups have been vocal, the consumer pick-up has been minimal. How do you feel about your pharmacist or physician being paid to have others send your marketing messages or drug promotions? Does it make any difference if they can do it under your pharmacist's or physician's name? Are you worried that your pharmacy might be sending your alternative drug therapy recommendations without informing your physician? Or does the convenience of learning about alternative therapies or being reminded to renew your prescriptions outweigh your concerns?"
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