Five hundred million people will use a health app by 2015 and the use of health apps will increase by 25% yearly. But what are the privacy and legal implications of Health on the Go?
About the Conference
The digital world presents new opportunities to improve your health. It’s now possible for your every movement, every intonation in your voice, every phone call you dial or receive, and every website you visit to be tracked, documented and analyzed to create your health profile. From maximizing your personal health and identifying public health trends to fueling a new sector of the economy, health information from apps, social networks and games is shaping our lives. And as our digital health data grow, the need to address the legal, medical and social implications becomes increasingly important.
On Friday, April 4, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in partnership with UIC School of Public Health brought together medical app developers, lawyers, regulators and health care professionals to discuss privacy and policy considerations for a public increasingly dependent on “Health on the Go.” The conference discussed the laws and regulations dealing with the collection and use of health information outside the health care system. It also addressed current federal and state investigations into data aggregation and medical apps.
“Location, location, location.” No, not real estate—data. Location tracking technologies will soon be pervasive. Businesses and governments can use the technologies to follow your every move, to know when you leave your house, what route you take, for how long, and where you stop; it will be possible to record what you look at in a store, for how long, when and how, and where you eat lunch and what you order, how long you linger at the coffee machine, what desks and offices you frequent at work, and on and so on. As one data analyst put it,
“We can determine where you work, how you spend your time, and with whom, and with 87% certainty where you’ll be next Thursday at 5:35 p.m.”
This conference analyzed how decisions about the balance between privacy and benefits of information processing are made and how they should be made. It examinee the control we do and should have over our information, and the extent to which could and should use technology and the law to gain greater control.
Experts participate in three panel discussions:
The Present and the Future examines how tracking technologies are used and will be used in the future.
Reaping the Benefits, Respecting Privacy considers how we can design geo-location technologies and business models to ensure sufficient respect for privacy; the session will consider what counts as “sufficient respect for privacy.”
What Is The Right Legal Regime? examines how the law should best respond to the need to protect privacy while realizing the benefits of tracking technologies.
How many things did you reveal about yourself online today? Your opinion of a colleague? Your credit card number? Your photos from last night? These activities are all common ones, but where does the information we post—even on what seem to be the most private or friendly of forums—truly go?
In the wake of President Obama’s proposal for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights for the Digital Age, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law presented a national conference on Internet Privacy, Social Networks and Data Aggregation.The audience heard from leaders in the field who discussed how social networks blur the lines between socializing and advertising, how data is collected and used, what legal remedies have been most effective and what the future holds for consumers, companies and the courts.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn came to IIT’s Main Campus on Wednesday, August 1 to sign House Bill 3782, which makes it illegal for employers to request an employee or potential employee’s social media account information, a recent trend among some employers. Illinois is the second state to enact such a law.
Quinn was introduced by IIT Chicago-Kent 2nd year student Helen Kim, who is working on issues involving the social and legal impacts of social networks.