October 02, 2018 Feature

Privacy and Security in the Internet-Connected World of Precision Medicine

By Mark D. Rasch

As we make advances in targeted therapies and individualized treatments, and as we collect more and more intimate data from people with implantable and wearable Internet-connected devices, the law must address the privacy and data security issues about how these data are collected and used, and ultimately who can have access to them. As medicine becomes more “patient-centric,” the risks associated with data privacy and data security likewise become more personal. Large, widely accessible DNA databases, necessary for precision medicine, must be secured and the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of such databases also must be assured.

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