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
Date Written: January 11, 2012
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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