Automation, Privacy Protection and the Law

  • J. K. M. Gevers
Part of the Developments in Hematology and Immunology book series (DIHI, volume 22)


This paper deals with the legal aspects of privacy protection in relation to the introduction of automated information systems. In itself, the process of automation gives rise to several other legal problems, in addition to issues in the domain of privacy and confidentiality; the question of potential negligence or liability arising from the use of defective computer software is an example. On the other hand, also the concept of privacy protection is much broader than only the issue of data protection; in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights, for instance, the right to privacy is defined as everyone’s right to his private and family life, his name and his correspondence. In the following however, I will limit myself to the specific legal issues relating to the storage of medical data in computerised information systems or data banks.


Personal Data Medical Data Data Bank Privacy Protection Blood Bank 
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