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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Elizabeth Halstead's Privacy Rights

So much for HIPAA protecting a sick person’s privacy rights. We now know the following about Elizabeth Halstead, besides the fact that she disappeared for awhile and was found: We know that she has schizophrenia and is depressed, lives in Clifton Park, has two daughters and a son, the son lives in Norfolk, VA, has been estranged from her husband for two years, has not been taking her medicine, is 40 years old, owns a 1994 Chrysler New Yorker and is currently in the North Adams Massachusetts Regional Hospital.
And why did The Daily Gazette feel it necessary to publish a photograph of her after she was found. I can understand publishing it when she was lost. It might have been helpful in finding her, but to publish it after she was found served no purpose, and is simply and invasion of her privacy.


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