The John Locke Foundation (JLF) has recently exposed new threats to our individual privacy. The State of North Carolina has developed a database containing individual’s prescription for a wide variety of drugs.
The 2005 State Budget allowed the Department of Health and Human Services to develop this database. The State Bureau of Investigation has access to the data. This has come to light as Sheriff’s across North Carolina requested access to the database. All of these requests come without court orders.
The usefulness of the data is in question. There are 53 million prescriptions in the database. However, since 2007, the State has identified patterns of drug abuse in just 50-60 cases.
JLF points out the next elected Legislature should act by discontinuing this database. Why should the State maintain this information on individuals? As a minimum, the next Legislature should limit the use of the data base to:
- Patients and authorized family members
- No access to law enforcement unless ordered by a Judge
- Make it a felony to reveal this information without proper authorization
Currently the Law allows Civil penalties and liability for revealing the information of patients. the best solution is to delete the data and not to fund it any further. As we see, hackers can access the Pentagon computers. There is no guarantee this data can be kept protected. WE need to elect people who will protect our freedom to privacy.
November is coming…………