TB Patient ID’d: Was his privacy violated?

By , May 31, 2007 4:56 pm

The Associated Press reports:

The tuberculosis patient under the first federal quarantine since 1963 is a 31-year-old personal injury attorney who practices law with his father in Atlanta, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to talk about the case, identified the patient as <redacted by Dissent>. A medical official in Atlanta also confirmed the patient’s name on condition of anonymity.

Over on Concurring Opinions, Dan Solove asks whether the patient can be sued by those other passengers whom he may have exposed to the illness. I don’t know about that, but I’m posing a somewhat different question: do officials hiding behind anonymity get to go around “outting” or naming patients with impunity?

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