Personal Codes

Like a personal code of ethics, or hero’s code, something like that…

While I’ve got my Fine Print/Terms of Service/EULA that covers, basically, all contingencies from a legal perspective, I’ve never done any kind of a personal code.

“Never broke into a car, never hotwired a car. Never broke into a truck. ‘I shall not cause harm to any vehicle nor the personal contents thereof, nor through inaction let the personal contents thereof come to harm.’ It’s what I call the Repo Code, kid!”

That would be my first choice for codes, the Repo Code. From the movie, Repo Man. Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). Talk about politics.

Couple of points, so far, no information leaks, but the data I keep on hand? It’s limited to names, birthdays, places of birth, and times of birth; and the names? No way to know how accurate those are. I keep zero (big, fat 0) billing information on hand, no credit card numbers, no bank accounts, nothing like that. So there’s no threat an information leak coming from me. If I have no data, there cannot be a data breach.

But what of the personal code? I respect a client’s right to privacy and I don’t violate any kind of ethical boundary there, not because I’m bound by any code — after so many years, I’m lucky if I can remember my own name by the end of the day. Although, I can recite details about a chart. Still won’t recall the name.

So as far as a the limits of confidentiality? I respect, honor, and abide with my understanding of a bond of pastoral care, and as such, unless legally obligated, coerced by court, I tend to keep all client interactions private.

Weird addendum here.

About the author: Born and raised in East Texas, Kramer Wetzel, settled in a South Austin trailer park before trailer parks were cool. He now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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