The law and ethics of ‘self-quantified’ health information: An Australian perspective

Daly, Angela (2015) The law and ethics of ‘self-quantified’ health information: An Australian perspective. International Data Privacy Law, 5(2), pp. 144-155.

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This exploratory article examines the phenomenon of the ‘Quantified Self’—until recently, a subculture of enthusiasts who aim to discover knowledge about themselves and their bodies through self-tracking, usually using wearable devices to do so—and its implications for laws concerned with regulating and protecting health information.

Quantified Self techniques and the ‘wearable devices’ and software that facilitate them—in which large transnational technology corporations are now involved—often involve the gathering of what would be considered ‘health information’ according to legal definitions, yet may occur outside the provision of traditional health services (including ‘e-health’) and the regulatory frameworks that govern them.

This article explores the legal and regulatory framework for self-quantified health information and wearable devices in Australia and determines the extent to which this framework addresses privacy and other concerns that these techniques engender, along with suggestions for reform.

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ID Code: 95071
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: phenomenon of the ‘Quantified Self’‘, wearable devices, health information, self-quantified health information and wearable devices in Australia
DOI: 10.1093/idpl/ipv001
ISSN: 2044-4001
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2016 23:36
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 21:51

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