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Is it lawful to publish names of sick members on a church bulletin without their permission?

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Virginia

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Lawyer: P. Simmons, Attorney replied 10 months ago
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Lawyer: P. Simmons, Attorney replied 10 months ago

I am sorry for this dilemma. But not sure I understand your specific question. Why would you publish this information against their wishes?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
We produce a weekly church bulletin and it contains names of the sick members in the congregation. It's a longstanding tradition and no one has complained. But I don't feel that we should be doing this and I wondered if it is legal.
Lawyer: P. Simmons, Attorney replied 10 months ago

It is not "illegal? in the sense that it is not a crime. But it IS a potential violation of the individuals privacy rights. Unless you have their permission, you should not be passing on, to others, individuals private healthcare status. That could open you up to a lawsuit

Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Why was my card charged 36$ instead of 5.00 ?
Lawyer: P. Simmons, Attorney replied 10 months ago

I have no idea...I am a user of the website, just like you. I would urge you to contact customer service if you have billing questions

Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

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