Example of Privacy & Confidentiality Breach
A Mentor sees a client which has a variety of disabilities and functional limitations. That night, the Mentor posts on one of the Facebook support groups that relate to functional limitations, that of the clients situation. The Mentor does not post the clients name, but describes the client in detail. A support worker sees the post as they are a member of the same facebook support group and instantly recognises the person being described as their client. The support worker reports this to facebook and their employer. An official complaint is raised.
Maintaining confidentiality is an essential part of any Mentoring Session. Mentors have an ethical, professional, and legal duty to respect clients rights to privacy and confidentiality regarding their personal and medical information, and how it should be used.
Any information about a particular client named or unnamed, must be treated with the same privacy and confidentiality as any other medical record or information. The information should only be shared with appropriate consent having been given, and only disclosed in accordance with the consent given, or if there is a legal obligation to do so.
Using private or medical information for any purpose other than that for which consent has been obtained, or sharing them in a non-professional context, is inappropriate. Breach of your obligations under privacy laws may result in a substantial fine, and you also risk being the subject of a complaint to the police.