-Fox News, reporting from the CSW
The Commission on the Status of Women seems at once tyrannical and impotent.
The Commission is currently debating how best to deliver healthcare to women at risk of violence. One working group was proposing that medical data collected from such consultations be encrypted, in order to protect the privacy of women.
When asked who would be able to access such encoded doctors’ notes, the delegation of Qatar stated that the information should be immediately encrypted, yet accessible by “trusted institutions.” The Indian delegation quickly responded that medical data should be denied to anyone who the patient feels could threaten them, including government and spouses.
The Guyanese delegation chimed in that other doctors should not see the medical charts, on the possibility that they could then leak the data. Brazil mentioned the data could be encrypted before anyone had seen them.
The, nicknamed, “Hot Pink” working group agreed that while encryption would be key to protect the privacy of patients, the Commission itself was powerless to do anything more than hope that the General Assembly recommend to nations that data become encrypted.
It should not be any concern of the UN how a free country conducts its medical affairs. To do so, is just a hop skip and a jump to filling out a UN form before you see your doctor. No one should step between a patient and their doctor.
We are left with a proposal to encrypt medical data from medical professionals, law enforcement, central governments, and the administering doctor themselves, or none of them. If the CSW has its way, it will pave the path to UN panels dictating medical regimes for patients.
Through this, we can see the waste that the UN represents: diplomats hosted on American soil, discussing recommendation after recommendation that has no bearing on practical concerns of ordinary people. The CSW is preparing to over step their mandate, with the temptation to demand that independent nations follow their proclamations. The Indian delegation said that whatever the Commission reports, it would be in the best interest of women. This reporter thinks otherwise.
[Correction: This report previously stated that the Guyanese delegation proposed that medical data be presumptively encrypted.]