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Dawn Nafus

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034173

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034173.001.0001

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Biosensing in Context: Health Privacy in a Connected World

Biosensing in Context: Health Privacy in a Connected World

(p.79) 5 Biosensing in Context: Health Privacy in a Connected World

Helen Nissenbaum

Heather Patterson

The MIT Press

Emerging technologies challenge long-standing social norms regarding personal information sharing. In this chapter, we assess contemporary health self-tracking practices through the lens of Contextual Integrity, an analytical privacy framework that demands a full consideration of the social settings in which novel practices are situated, including the type of information at issue, the identity of the information subjects, senders, and recipients, and the social norms underlying the context in which new information flows occur. We consider the roles of architecture, law, and policy for protecting privacy as individuals and societies discover, adjust to, and resist new technologies, and we argue that novel information flows brought about by new practices are best evaluated according to the ends, purposes, and values of the contexts in which they are embedded.

Keywords:   Biosensing, Privacy, Law, Policy, Design, Information Flows, Contextual Integrity

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