Personal privacy – Does the pandemic change the rules?

Healthcare IT News

Charles Alessi

It is helpful to explore this dilemma a little bit further. Rules and legislation around the right to personal privacy is at the heart of our standing and relationships within communities. Given the extent to which the use of devices is now ubiquitous, as well as the potential for data associated with these devices to identify individuals and when aggregated with other data, to provide a fuller picture of an individual’s habits, the fact that there is strict legislation controlling this is a positive factor.

In different jurisdictions, there are different rules that manage these data flows. In the US it’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), in the European Union it’s the General Protection Data Regulation (GDPR) that regulates the use of data and this is mirrored to a greater or lesser extent in...

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