Q: Cop uses gym computer to search for gym members information.
I work at a gym. A police officer frequently ask other employees and me to search for other gym members information. The information we have on the computer includes addresses , phone numbers, relatives and emergency contacts. The gym members the police officer is looking for are “gang members” but I can not confirm this and I’m unsure if that matters. I feel like this is unethical search and abuse of the gyms computer system. I’m unsure what action to take other then telling the cop I don’t feel comfortable using the computer in that way.
Thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated.
A: Sure sounds like there are privacy issues being violated by the gym if it is giving out membership information, especially to law enforcement without a warrant. Can't imagine any manager/owner/CEO of a gym has a policy to hand out a member's information to police. I hope the owner has consulted with a lawyer to determine what his or her liability is if their members find out that their information is being handed out just because a cop asks.
Are you the owner? if so ask your lawyer for guidance.
i don't think there is any law that mandates you share the info on a voluntary basis.
you can always say our lawyer has advised us not to provide the confidential info without a warrant.........and we want to follow the directions of our lawyer.
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