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Greetings,

I work in a medical communications center and was wanting to know if it is ethical or legal for admin. To want to place a web bases web cam to watch the employees? There's no more than 4 employees in the comm center at one given time.

Thank you

Adam

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Adam,

I cannot tell you if it is legal for an employer in Missouri to set up a cam to watch employees since I am not licensed to practice law in Missouri.  An employer may want to survey its employees, their productivity and activities while at work, especially if the employees are made aware they do not have privacy in the workplace.  The same is true for monitoring computers.  However, there should not be any public disclosure of any patient information as it would be violative of the patient's right to privacy as well as a HIPAA violation.

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

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Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

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I have been a practicing civil trial attorney since 1989 and have a master's degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy in comparative ethics of law, medicine and business.

I am Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and am Certified as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.

I can answer questions dealing with general ethics principles, including legal ethics, medical ethics, bioethics and business ethics. I do not give legal advice over the internet.

For more information, you can view my website at WWW.EXPERTETHICS.COM

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I have been a practicing trial attorney since 1989 and I have a masters degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy regarding comparative ethics.

Organizations belong to
State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of Colorado (inactive)
District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
Federal Bar
Licensed in Arizona District Court
Licensed in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Licensed in the United States Supreme Court
American Bar Association
National Board of Trial Advocacy
American Association for Justice
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Kennedy Institute of Ethics
National Association of Realtors

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Arts 1985
Juris Doctorate 1989
Master of Arts in Bioethics 2004
Doctorate of Philosphy 2006

Awards and Honors
Phi Beta Kappa
Multiple Who's Who

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A list of my copyrighted publications and presentations is contained at WWW.EXPERTETHICS.COM

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