This I already knew. Want to know what else is scary? All our medical records are identified by our social security numbers. I used to work medical records part time and all the numbers were clearly posted on the outside of the records. Hmm hmm. Know what else is scary? At that time no criminal background check was being done on employees. High school kids working there in the evenings and weekends. You trying to tell me they didn't sneek a peek of records of people they knew? Oh, I'm almost certain they did. Years ago I wrote a paper or article for some editorial of some sort. Can't exactly remember, saying we should not be using our social security numbers for identification purposes for medical records or any other i.d. purposes.
I once went to apply at a Video Update--again years ago--just to rent movies. They wanted my social security number. I left. I'm going to give my social security number to a high school girl with green hair??? Oh, and what about medicare using the social security number. They tell us not to carry our social security cards with us, yet all the docs offices want the medicare card for insurance purposes. Lovely.
No, I don't believe any of our personal information is safe. Too much Big Brother. It's all out there for everyone to see. But I'm sorry, I can't live my life in fear. Life is way too short and I want to enjoy every minute I have. But, when given the opportunity to voice my opinions, whether in a chat room or directly to my doctor or in a letter to the editor, I do.