2016-08-13 Sat

rant: Am I Paranoid?

So off to my dental appointment Friday, new provider, form to fill out. I fill out the name, address, phone number. I can’t think of a good reason for handing out my email so I pretend to be a retired pensioner without email. Health issues are minimal, but I check one box, just so they know that I have been in that area of the form.

I am gung-ho on Privacy Considerations, so in the images below I have excised data that might identify the dental practice.

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“for teaching and demonstrating purposes on an anonymous basis”

I’ve been immersed in logic Lo! These past fifty years, so I wasn’t too upset about my Personal data being Anonymous; that’s the sort of nit-picking I’d indulge in with, say, Eileen’s Lounge, but hardly worth upsetting the five junior clerks sitting there at Reception.

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“To permit potential purchasers, practice brokers or advisors to evaluate the dental practice”

“To permit potential purchasers, practice brokers or advisors to conduct an audit in preparation for a practice sale and to purchase such information but only as part of the purchase of the practice”

But I dug my heels in at the image of some stranger walking in the front door, saying “I’d like to buy the practice”, thereby gaining access to my personal information, and having gained access, announcing “I’ve changed my mind, I don’t want this practice”, in an abbreviated manner of speaking.

“to obtain a Credit Bureau report for the purpose of arranging credit terms

I dug in a bit more firmly at the prospect of my Credit Rating being affected by my brush with Perthe’s disease at age 4 (successfully treated I might add), especially as, by prior arrangement, I was paying cash (I am uninsured)

I tried not to sound angry. Reception isn’t trained to listen to questions and give answers to the questions; they are trained to ignore and deflect questions with a script.

The form is not a government form; it is a two-sided thing generated by keen would-be legal clerks, so full of words that no-one except a pedantic old-age-pensioner with time on his hands would bother to parse it.

Ontario has gone Privacy-mad.

Half the world never reads the damn forms logically.

The other half work for the Toronto Public Library and claim that if they were to release, to me, a machine-readable record of the materials I have borrowed, it would be a violation of my privacy.

(signed) “Personally, I want to remain Anonymous” of Toronto.