Laws are in place to protect each of us from others as well as ourselves. If some laws had not been put into place, we could be in danger. Other laws are not there for physical protection, but to protect our identities or personal information. In this world there are many unscrupulous people who take advantage of others by stealing their personal information to obtain credit cards or even to get free medical care.
This is why it is so important to keep our clients information private, only allowing those who are authorized to have access to this information and then these authorized persons are only allowed access to certain information as it pertains to the job or service they are doing for the client.
There are many places on the internet where we get find information on the privacy laws.
[...] Argument against these laws is that is makes the case workers job harder. If these laws are not followed and an unauthorized person obtains the clients' information many things could take place. The following is examples of what could happen to the clients. Depending on who obtains the information it could become damaging to the client. If a person, one of the not so nice people I previously mentioned, were to get their hands on such things as the clients social security number, birth date, Driver's or State identification number, just name a few, credit cards could be obtain in the client's name. [...]
[...] Without following these laws clients, employees, and organizations are at risk. We must protect the clients by keeping all information confidential and only allowing authorized personnel access to this information for these reasons and many others I have not thought to mention. When working on a case, take precautions, never speak of cases to unauthorized persons or even authorized persons within a place other can hear. You never know who is listening or whether the people around you are trust worthy enough to keep the confidence of client information. [...]
[...] The information which is shared is on a need to know basis. This means that even if another agency is helping to aid or assist the client you cannot share all of the client's information (White Paper, n. d.). Only the necessary information to assist the client can be shared with this other agency. The effects this has on the daily operations within the organization is that the clients files are kept confidential and filed away, most usually in a computer file. [...]
[...] Retrieved from U. S. Department of Health & Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/ White Paper. (n. d.). [...]
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