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Justifying Public Health Surveillance: Basic Interests, Unreasonable Exercise, and Privacy

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, March 2012

32 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2012 Last revised: 1 Feb 2012

Alan Rubel

University of Wisconsin, Madison - Information School; University of Wisconsin, Madison - Program in Legal Studies

Date Written: January 11, 2012

Abstract

Surveillance plays a crucial role in public health, and for obvious reasons conflicts with individual privacy. This paper argues that the predominant approach to the conflict is problematic, and then offers an alternative. It outlines a Basic Interests Approach to public health measures, and the Unreasonable Exercise Argument, which sets forth conditions under which individuals may justifiably exercise individual privacy claims that conflict with public health goals. The view articulated is compatible with a broad range conceptions of the value of health.

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Rubel, Alan, Justifying Public Health Surveillance: Basic Interests, Unreasonable Exercise, and Privacy (January 11, 2012). Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, March 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1991958

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University of Wisconsin, Madison - Program in Legal Studies ( email )

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600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

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