Wednesday, 28 January 2015

“Privacy a MUST in the digital health revolution,” says ESET on Data Privacy Day

 As new pioneering technologies emerge, how we monitor and treat health issues will soon be unrecognisable. ESET are committed to exploring the privacy implications at every step of this digital revolution in healthcare.

Medical identity theft is already a multi-billion problem and can itself be life threatening. Networked mobile devices offer great potential for wellness and tele-medicine, and may be even be life-saving, but the technical and human challenges of protecting the privacy and security of the data and systems involved is huge.

By 2020, the entire concept of how medicine is practiced will change. Data collected from ingestibles, wearables and our DNA will be used to chart who we are and drive healthcare decisions. The challenge will be balancing the loss of autonomy, the increased opportunity for longevity against the very basic right for privacy. No one wants this most personal and private data to get into the wrong hands.

Data Privacy Day (DPD) is an international effort centred on respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. It commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on January 28.