The European data protection legislation and its consequences for public health monitoring: a plea for action

Verschuuren, Marieke; Badeyan, Gerard; Carnicero, Javier; Gissler, Mika; Asciak, Renzo Pace; Sakkeus, Luule; Magnus Stenbeck7; Walter Devillé1
December 2008
European Journal of Public Health;Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p550
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the data protection legislation in Europe and its impact on the public health monitoring. Accordingly, the Network of Competent Authorities (NCA) is one of the implementing structures of the Health Information and Knowledge Strand of the European Public Health Programme 2003-2008. It is being noted that the NCA has become aware of problems in such area of the region's monitoring on public health, which is related to data protection legislation. The author stresses that health data require a high level of protection because of their sensitive nature, adding that the public interest of health monitoring at population level can be regarded as overriding the privacy interests of everyone.


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