FDA is sued for allegedly violating privacy of employees

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e784
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Six current and former employees of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have sued that agency for allegedly violating their right to privacy by secretly monitoring their personal email activity. The doctors and scientists reviewed medical devices for the agency as part of the approval process.

Among the monitored activity were complaints to congressional staff members about the safety and efficacy of medical devices the agency approved, over objections from the employees.

The employees say they were harassed, terminated, or did not have their contracts as outside consultants renewed because of their …

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