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Jeff Sovern on Baby Pictures in the Doctor's Office

In the Media
Sunday, August 17, 2014

When Baby Pictures Offend the Law
Letter to the Editor by Jeff Sovern
The New York Times


To the Editor:

You report that federal privacy laws block doctors from posting pictures of patient babies where others can see them. Surely parents sending baby pictures to physicians do not expect the photos to be secret.

The law should be amended to permit their posting, unless parents request that they be kept private. This is the type of regulation that fuels claims that government is the problem.

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