There Could Be Cameras In Your Delivery Room
Most people are aware that every move they make in public is subject to recording, whether by the government or a YouTuber making "10 LOLworthy Walking Strides You Won't Believe I Found!" You would at least expect a little privacy when splayed out on a hospital gurney in the midst of squeezing out a baby. But if you or a loved one was giving birth or enjoying a nice spinal tap in La Mesa, California's Sharp Grossmont Hospital between 2012 and 2013, people other than doctors might have been peering in.
According to a lawsuit, approximately 1,800 people were secretly filmed while engaged in various stages of baby production in the hospital's labor and delivery rooms. Was it the work of a rogue nurse consumed by a depraved fetish? A pre-crime unit attempting to survey an about-to-be born supervillain? No, the surveillance was ordered by administration to catch a sticky-fingered employee who'd been pilfering drugs off anesthesia carts.
Sharp Health CareEveryone knows the only way to stop employee theft is to gaze into a stranger's dilated birth canal. That's Business 101.
The cameras were secretly installed on medical carts, and they did indeed serve their purpose of catching a doctor in the act of purloining sedatives and sticking pills. But the lawsuit alleged that the videos also captured "women while they were emotionally and physically exposed, and at their most vulnerable." Oh, and there was no password protection on the video files, allowing access to anyone with an inclination to take a gander at thousands of giblets.
Security guards were reportedly able to view the footage any time they pleased, which hopefully wasn't done to make the midnight shift more entertaining. We're not saying that you should insist on a dangerous home birth out of paranoia, but we wouldn't be shocked if at least one other hospital pulled this trick under the logic of "Hey, it worked for those guys."
CPAP Machines Are Spying On You For Insurance Companies
Sleep apnea sucks. It ruins your sleep, makes you about as attractive a bed partner as a freight train, and is linked to everything from heart attacks and glaucoma to weight gain. It's estimated that 22 million Americans have this problem, and while most of that is undiagnosed, those who know they're snoring themselves to an early grave often combat the problem with a CPAP machine. Considering that the previous solution was to cut a hole in your throat, CPAP machines are lifesavers. And they're constantly improving, with better face masks, new air flow settings, and even the ability to communicate with your doctor. They can see if the machine is working and what settings seem to suit you best. And insurance companies are snooping on all of this feedback.