Breach of Privacy Complaint – Dr Roger Scott

You have to wonder what goes on in the minds of some councilors. I attended a council meeting yesterday in which Councilors Dick, Hewitt, and Scott complained about receiving 4,000 odd emails.

I thought this was all part of the democratic process.

Councilor Dick claimed it was an electronic invasion and a breach of his privacy. There is no breach of privacy. Councilor’s email addresses are a matter of public record and anyone is entitled to email them.

The only breech of privacy it turns out, is that Councilor Scott shares an email address with her husband. How confident can we be that confidential papers sent to Councilor Scott have not been read by her husband? More seriously how confident can we be of the privacy of any of Dr Roger Scott’s patients given he gets emailed clinical information in his role as an anaesthetist?

This is all a matter of public record now with articles in HB Today and Dominion Post.

Today I emailed both HBRC and NZ Society of Anaesthetists in an attempt to get some answers on what are their respective email policies. I await their responses.



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