Advertisement

Automation, Privacy Protection and the Law

  • J. K. M. Gevers
Part of the Developments in Hematology and Immunology book series (DIHI, volume 22)

Abstract

This paper deals with the legal aspects of privacy protection in relation to the introduction of automated information systems. In itself, the process of automation gives rise to several other legal problems, in addition to issues in the domain of privacy and confidentiality; the question of potential negligence or liability arising from the use of defective computer software is an example. On the other hand, also the concept of privacy protection is much broader than only the issue of data protection; in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights, for instance, the right to privacy is defined as everyone’s right to his private and family life, his name and his correspondence. In the following however, I will limit myself to the specific legal issues relating to the storage of medical data in computerised information systems or data banks.

Keywords

Personal Data Medical Data Data Bank Privacy Protection Blood Bank 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Vuori H. Privacy, confidentiality and automated health information systems. J Med Ethics 1977; 3: 175–8.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Westin AF. Patient’s rights: Computers and health records. Hosp Progr 1977; 58: 60Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Council of Europe. Recommendation No. R(81)1 on regulations for automated medical data banks, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 23 January 1981. Int Dig of Health Legislation 1981; 32: 740–4.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Leenen HJJ. Legal aspects of the use of information systems in health care. In: Fokkens O (ed). Medinfo–83 Seminars, IFIP-IMIA North Holland 1983: 51–4Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Birchfield JL. AIDS: The legal aspects of a disease. Med and Law 1987; 6: 407–26.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Gostin LO, Curran WJ, Clark ME. The case against compulsory casefinding in controlling AIDS-testing, screening and reporting. Am J Law and Med 1987; 12: 7–53.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. K. M. Gevers

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations