Tag: Health information privacy
The Covidsafe app: speed at the expense of transparency and accountability
Australia’s COVIDSafe app was launched by the Australian Government in April 2020. But the app has been hampered by concerns about its security, privacy, and effectiveness.
ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust: a new duty at the intersection of healthcare confidentiality and harm to others
The duty of confidentiality is crucial to building relationships of trust and confidence between patients and healthcare professionals, and to effective healthcare systems more broadly. However, the law recognises that the duty of confidentiality is not absolute and sometimes needs to yield to other public interests. A recent UK case, ABC v St George’s…
Immigration department breaches the privacy rights of asylum seekers
An article in The Guardian today claims that the Department of Immigration has sought access to confidential medical records of asylum seekers for ‘political purposes.’ The article reports on a briefing document written by a senior clinician at International Health and Medical Services (which delivers health services at mainland and offshore detention centres), which appears…