The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Privacy, Confidentiality and Data Protection

Privacy, confidentiality and data protection

Introduction

In many countries, disclosure and use of personal information relating to a person's health is regulated by laws on privacy, confidentiality and data protection. It is neither possible to address here all such regulations in relation to all categories and uses of personal data, nor to comment on all the different conceptions of a right to privacy that have been propounded. 1 I will focus on the provisions of the Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) of the European Union (EU), on the right to privacy contained in Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), and on the law on confidentiality in the United Kingdom (UK), with special ...

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