LifeLabs privacy

When was the last time you stood among a group of strangers and recited your full name, birth date, address and phone number?

When was the last time you stood among a group of strangers and recited your full name, birth date, address and phone number?

I did just that recently at a LifeLabs clinic in the Oceanside Health Centre. Apparently everyone is required to confirm this information out loud when registering at the desk.

I overheard someone considerably more senior than me divulge all and I wondered how hard it would be for a ne’er-do-well sitting nearby to text a friend saying “old so-and-so isn’t home, here’s the address.”

Maybe the information could just be saved for future use. As I was leaving, I picked up a pamphlet titled ‘Your Privacy at LifeLabs,’ which goes into great detail assuring patients that they “respect your privacy and are firmly committed to maintaining the security and confidentiality of your personal information.”

There’s obviously room for improvement.

Margot MoserNanoose Bay

Just Posted

Parksville artist displays works inspired by a career in music

Owen O’Carroll’s ink works on display at Qualicum Art Supply & Gallery

Qualicum Beach cinema group reaches fundraising goal

Organization wants to see a multi-use cinema in town

Man taken to hospital after driving off road in Qualicum Beach

51-year-old man from Port Alberni struck parked vehicle

City of Parksville rejected sharps disposal containers from Island Health

Mayor says cost of maintaining boxes too much for city

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Ottawa urges CN and union to continue talks as 3,200 workers go on strike

The rail workers began their strike after failing to reach a deal by a midnight deadline

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Trans Mountain received $320M in government subsidies in first half 2019: report

The money included $135.8 million in direct subsidies and $183.8 million in indirect subsidies

Student tells B.C. Supreme Court she wasn’t allowed to leave indigenous smudging ceremony

Girl cross-examined Monday in Nanaimo courtroom, case continues Tuesday

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Sentencing scheduled Tuesday for man who killed Belgian tourist

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Sakkalis near Boston Bar

Most Read