New Zealand's Human Rights Review Tribunal found a doctor’s disclosure of a complaint to the Health and Disability Commissioner that was made by a patient’s mother violated principles of the Privacy Act. The mother filed a complaint that the disclosure breached her and her son’s privacy. The complaint was investigated by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner also, which found it did not violate the mother’s privacy. The HRRT, however, said the “privacy interests of both individuals needed to be considered before” use or disclosure of the information.
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