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Reports

GAO report on the use of Social Security Numbers as IDs.

Statutes

Statutory Confidentiality Protection of Research Data - Subject: Statutory Confidentiality Protection of Identifiable Research Data Collected with AHRQ Support

Cases

Names of hospital patients are protected from discovery - Kinsella v. NYT Television, 887 A.2d 1144, No. A-3308-04T5 (N.J.Super.App.Div. 2005)

9th Circuit allows DNA testing of persons on parole - United States v. Kincade, 379 F.3d 813 ( Cir9 2004)

EMT Liable for damages and attorney's fees for violating patient's privacy - Pachowitz v. Ledoux, 2003 WL 21221823 (Wis.App. May 28, 2003)

Supreme Court overrules Bowers, decriminalizes private homosexual conduct - Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558, 123 S.Ct. 2472 (2003)

Patient Can Sue Physician for Providing Information on Defective Subpoena - Crescenzo v. Crane, 350 N.J.Super. 531, 796 A.2d 283 (N.J.Super.App.Div. 2002)

Brief - Counties Are Persons Under the FCA and Substance Abuse Records are Protected from Discovery - U.S. ex rel. Chandler v. Cook County, Ill., 277 F.3d 969 (7th Cir. 2002)

Brief - Registering medical marijuana users does not violate privacy rights - Rollins v. Ulmer, 15 P.3d 749 (Alaska 2001)

Brief - Supreme Court Reviews Drug Testing of Pregnant Women - Ferguson v. City of Charleston, 532 U.S. 67, 121 S.Ct. 1281, 149 L.Ed.2d 205 (2001)

Brief - Liability for allowing a drug salesman in an examination room - Sanchez-Scott v. Alza Pharmaceuticals, 86 Cal.App.4th 365, 103 Cal.Rptr.2d 410 (Cal.App. 2 Dist. 2001)

School pregnancy test violates student's privacy rights - Gruenke v. Seip, 225 F.3d 290 (3rd Cir. 2000)

State Constitutional Protections for Medical Information - King v. State, 272 Ga. 788, 535 S.E.2d 492 (Ga 2000)

State Can Limit Professor's Access to Materials on the Internet - Urofsky v. Gilmore, No. 98-1481 (4th Cir. 06-23-2000)

HIV Testing without the Patient's Consent - Sierakowski v. Ryan, No. 99-2705 (7th Cir. 08-03-2000)

Balancing Patient Privacy and Public Health Risks to Others - Baptist Memorial Hosp.- Union County v. Johnson, 754 So.2d 1165 (Miss 2000)

Does the Conditional Privilege for Public Health and Safety Reporting Extend to Reports to Neighbors? - Schmitz v. Aston, 317 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 9, 2000 WL 279215 (Ariz.App. Div. 1, Mar 16, 2000)

Are state DNA banks constitutional? - Johnson v. Com. of Virginia, --- S.E.2d ----, 2000 WL 432395 (Va. 2000)

Brief - What is the action for a third party breach of medical confidentiality? - Jane Doe v. Community Health Plan-Kaiser Corp., No. 85529 (N.Y.App.Div. 05/11/2000)

May the state open previously closed adoption records? - Jane Does 1-7 v. State, No. CA A107235 (Or.App. 12-29-1999)

Court Recognizes Genetic Privacy - Norman-Bloodsaw v. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 135 F.3d 1260 (9th Cir. 1998)

State may ban physician-assisted suicide - Vacco v. Quill, 117 S. Ct. 2293 (U.S. 1997) and Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. 702 (1997)

NY Restricts the Right of Parents and Guardians to Consent to Rearch on Children and Incompents - T.D. v. New York State Office of Mental Health, 228 A.D.2d 95, 650 N.Y.S.2d 173, 65 USLW 2439 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. 1996)

Supreme Court sets standards for proving refusal of medical care - Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dep't of Health, 497 U.S. 261 (1990)

Court allows limited release of information from sexually transmitted disease records - Westchester County v. People, 504 N.Y.S.2d 497, 498, 122 A.D.2d 1, 2 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 1986)

Supreme Court upholds Texas sodomy law (overruled) - Bowers v. Hardwick et al., 106 S. Ct. 2841, 478 U.S. 186 (1986)

Court upholds NY law protecting public health investigations of sexually transmitted diseases - Grattan v. People, 65 N.Y.2d 243, 480 N.E.2d 714, 491 N.Y.S.2d 125 (N.Y. 1985)

Banning Use of Laetrile Does Not Violate Right to Privacy - People v. Privitera, 23 Cal. 3d 697, 591 P.2d 919, 153 Cal. Rptr. 431 (Cal. 1979)

Supreme Uphold Public Health Reporting - Whalen v. Roe, 429 US 589 (1977)

California requires psychiatrists to warn about dangerous patients - Tarasoff v. Regents of University of California, 17 Cal. 3d 425, 551 P.2d 334, 131 Cal. Rptr. 14 (Cal. 07-01-1976)

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