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It's very problematic in an environment where people are vulnerable to peer pressure to get vaccinated. Similar problems are likely to emerge at companies, universities and other organizations when they start workplace inoculations. It is necessary to give more careful consideration to information handling.

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Kenta Yamada, professor of media law at Senshu University who is versed in personal information and privacy issues. He was commenting on a ward office (Higashinari) in Osaka, which made a list of employees who did not want coronavirus vaccinations and emailed it to managers in each department.

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The people sending those emails in Higashinari should be reprimanded. My employers just informed me of how to get it if I wanted it and left it at that.

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What about a list of workers who want it, but aren’t even given the chance to get it? Those lists must be long.

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“*Problematic” as in “mendokusaii**? - *Too many ‘hoops for the sheep to jump through’:

year-long government indecision resulting in public distrust & misinformation: stalling with political/national/prefectural/municipal bureaucratic ‘red tape’; then, a snail-mail ‘post card’ system(?); compounded upon by the daily “baba/jiji” clinic ‘conversations’; some local gossip about who & what originating at post offices; plus these municipal government ‘violations of privacy’ reported above;

and, as recounted by at least two posters yesterday:

some corporate “bait & switch” ie: offering Pfizer to employees then switching to Moderna at the last minute.

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This is a complicated issue that can't be solved with cookie-cutter measures, a company where lots of people telework and that have close to no contact with clients do not need the same degree of protection than a public office or bank where yet unvaccinated vulnerable people need to go and do business, a list of unvaccinated people may be necessary for the second (so they are put in roles where they are not in contact with people) but not for the first.

Still, proper care of information handling should be a given, with or without any vaccination programs.

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On the one hand, I agree with letting the employer know who has health problems and could potentially infect others. After all, it is the employer and they have some responsibility. However, I disagree with the way it was done and how it is usually done. There is virtually zero protection of data and personal information. There is also virtually no policy on how data is stored, for how long and for how long. And how to possibly revoke any consent to store data, etc.

Instead of some rational thinking, they always come up with the most extreme and absurd solutions. And then later they point out how complicated it is.

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It's a pandemic that has trashed the global economy, killed millions, seen us all locked away, destroyed entire sectors, damaged education, ended careers, hammered our cultural activities and increased the poverty gap.

And folk are complaining about data protection, privacy and peer pressure?

Be grateful that you have access to a vaccine and get your jab as soon as you can.

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