Justifying Public Health Surveillance: Basic Interests, Unreasonable Exercise, and Privacy
University of Wisconsin, Madison - School of Library and Information Studies; University of Wisconsin, Madison - Program in Legal Studies
January 11, 2012
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, March 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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Date posted: January 27, 2012 ; Last revised: February 1, 2012