Here’s a little amusement for the weekend, from a friend who lives in the States:
I received a state of the arts cardio monitor, per a prescription from a cardiologist, to determine if I have an irregular heart beat. All chrome and aluminium and clean and small with various electronic devices to transmit “information” to the company. 40 pages of instructions for the phone-like device. At one point the book (and the device) instruct me (i.e., tell me, not ask me) to push YES regarding company’s use of my information for research. I push NO.
Device will not allow diagnostic testing.
Doctor upset I won’t allow use of info.
I didn’t care UNTIL they told me I can’t use this device UNLESS I consent to use of the information for research. Now they are scrambling to ‘override’ the yes-only option, if possible.
I have to admit that, from a professional point of view, that’s kind of brilliant. And I suppose that it is consent, in a Hobson’s choice kind of a way.