The AAPS objects primarily to the intrusive nature of the regulations and their potential for breaching patient confidentiality. Its public affairs counsel, Kathryn Serkes, said at a Washington, D.C., news conference announcing the suit, "When it comes to government prying, these rules obliterate any remote notion of patients’ rights. [Under the HIPAA rules] doctors are required to disclose all patients’ records to thousands of federal bureaucrats—with or without consent. That includes handwritten notes and psychiatric records. . . . While some of the rule’s specifics could be ironed out down the road, no amount of fine-tuning can fix a flawed approach. Only a fresh start will head off irreparable damage to patients and their trust in the system."