Under Observation: The Interplay Between eHealth and Surveillance

  • Samantha Adams
  • Nadezhda Purtova
  • Ronald Leenes

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 35)

Also part of the Issues in Privacy and Data Protection book sub series (ISDP, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Samantha Adams, Nadezhda Purtova, Ronald Leenes
    Pages 1-6
  3. Personal Health and Autonomy: An Uneasy Relationship

  4. Surveillance Practices for Risk Management

  5. Revisiting Key Concepts in the Interplay Between Surveillance and Health

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-213

About this book


The essays in this book clarify the technical, legal, ethical, and social aspects of the interaction between eHealth technologies and surveillance practices. The book starts out by presenting a theoretical framework on eHealth and surveillance, followed by an introduction to the various ideas on eHealth and surveillance explored in the subsequent chapters. Issues addressed in the chapters include privacy and data protection, social acceptance of eHealth, cost-effective and innovative healthcare, as well as the privacy aspects of employee wellness programs using eHealth, the use of mobile health app data by insurance companies, advertising industry and law enforcement, and the ethics of Big Data use in healthcare. A closing chapter draws on the previous content to explore the notion that people are ‘under observation’, bringing together two hitherto unrelated streams of scholarship interested in observation: eHealth and surveillance studies. In short, the book represents a first essential step towards cross-fertilization and offers new insights into the legal, ethical and social significance of being ‘under observation’.


Future of healthcare and wellbeing Health and welbeing Healthcare and surveillance Interplay between eHealth and Surveillance Legal aspects of eHealth and surveillance Personal data in health Personal health, privacy and autonomy Philosophy of information Privacy and data protection Privacy and profiling Relationship between eHealth and Surveillance Social norms, ethics and technological developments Socio-ethical aspects of eHealth and surveillance Surveillance in healthcare Surveillance practices for risk management Surveillance that are specific to medical practice Surveilling and steering health-related behaviours Unobtrusiveness in mHealth Design eHealth and mHealth applications mHealth and potential infringement of privacy

Editors and affiliations

  • Samantha Adams
    • 1
  • Nadezhda Purtova
    • 2
  • Ronald Leenes
    • 3
  1. 1.TILTTilburg UniversityAB TilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.TILTTilburg UniversityAB TilburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.TILTTilburg University TILTTilburgThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48340-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48342-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-1902
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-1910
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