There are several types of confidentiality guidelines. There are those that set the basis for doctor-patient, 律师-client and religious official-confessor relationships. 保密协议, nondisclosure agreements and the confidentiality of school records are other areas regulated by confidentiality guidelines. 除了, there can be national and local confidentiality guidelines that protect the confidentiality of things such as drug and alcohol treatment information and information regarding human immunodeficiency virus (艾滋病毒)和免疫接种.
In the medical area, there are very strict confidentiality guidelines. There is doctor-patient confidentiality, which has its roots in the laws of Hippocrates; and doctor-patient privilege, a legal concept that gives doctors the right to withhold evidence and refuse to disclose information regarding their patient. Confidentiality of this type is based on the premise that patients should be able to share information about their conditions without fearing that it will be disclosed to others. There are a few exceptions to this rule, including when the safety of others is at risk. Confidentiality guidelines typically continue to apply even after the person is no longer a patient of that doctor.
一些法律, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 in the United States, protect medical information of all kinds from disclosure. Violations carry substantial civil and criminal penalties. There also are laws that protect the privacy rights of people who have 艾滋病毒 and those who seek alcohol or drug treatment. 在许多其他国家, there are confidentiality guidelines that protect the health records of patients.
律师-当事人保密保密, like that between the patient and doctor, is very strict and includes both confidentiality and privilege. 在一般情况下, 在没有客户同意的情况下, the lawyer must not reveal information regarding his or her representation. This extends to all information discussed with the lawyer. A 违反 can lead to disciplinary action from a regulatory body that oversees legal practices.
The 律师-client privilege comes from 普通法 以及每个司法管辖区的法律. It protects from disclosure any information given to the lawyer pertaining to the case at hand. There are a few exceptions to this rule that dictate when a lawyer has some obligation to report to authorities, including when there is a credible threat against another individual. Confidentiality generally ends with the death of the client.
The confidentiality guidelines for the relationship between a religious official and confessor are similar to both physician-patient and 律师-client confidentiality. 此外, that confidentiality typically is forever, even if the person confesses to murder. 甚至在宗教教义中, 然而, there often is a loophole when another person’s life is in danger from molestation or death. The religious official might repeat the confession to his superior, and that person might decide whether to disclose the information.
Some of the other confidentiality guidelines, including those pertaining to nondisclosure agreements and school records, 对解释是否更加开放. Nondisclosure agreements can be used in many instances, 但最常, they are utilized to protect a business interest where one or both parties are receiving 机密信息 不能与他人分享. The validity of this nondisclosure agreement depends heavily on the location where the agreement is in force. 此外, 这些协议, most often depending on the length of time they are intended to exist, have been argued against successfully in court.
Another area of confidentiality has to do with school and student records. There are several privacy issues raised in the school arena, and the laws typically ensure that parents have access to their children’s records, and that the confidentiality of those records remains in place without the parent’s express consent. Records, 然而, can be disclosed to other school officials without consent. Students also are often able to see each other's test results or even grade each other's tests under the direction of a teacher.