Keith W. Munday
Confidentiality is an important factor in human
relationships. It involves the keeping of certain information by persons or
parties who alone have the right to it, and to no other except it be given with
the holder's prior permission.
It has assumed a new dimension in a world of communications
explosion on global terms as so much information is available to millions at
the touch of a button on the Internet. Privacy can easily be invaded.
Everyone has the right to their own personal space and this
upholds the value and dignity of the individual, whether it concerns one's
health, finances, political affiliation, religious persuasion or general
There may be times however when confidentiality must be
waived if illegal actions are involved, such as conspiracies or behaviour
prejucidial to society or anything that would threaten the safety, well-being
or even the life of others. We will note this later.