Abstract:

“The rise of social networking sites and related services has seen the amount and range of personal information – including sensitive health information – being published online sky-rocketing.

Users themselves generated much of this information whilst services not only make this available but often go further by pushing, structuring and aggregating the content.

Especially as this information may relate not only to users themselves but also third parties, these developments raise unprecedented challenges for both the interpretation and enforcement of data protection. This lecture will explore what responsibilities user services and also users themselves both do and should have given the law’s multi-faceted ambition to protect individuals whilst respecting and safeguarding both competing rights such as freedom of expression and also the considerable social, economic and health benefits made possible by information technology.”

Website of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law: https://www.cmel.hku.hk/