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The ancient, common law privileges of preist-penitent, doctor-patient, lawyer-client, wife-husband, etc. all are based upon the recognition that the social benefit of confidentiality outweighs any social benefit from the lack of it. Social isolation can lead people to poor choices. For sensitive issues, people will not share their concerns with others if they can reasonably fear being reported to the government. It's a shame that in recent decades this ancient wisdom of the courts has been corroded and diminished by legislative changes. Yes - there is a cost, but on balance it is better to provide safe harbors for individuals to seek help with their troubles.

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