Privacy or public good? Why not obtaining consent may be best practice
Significance | Published : 2010
Using medical and other data from private citizens without obtaining the consent of those citizens has been a taboo of statisticians and of society. The right to privacy is infringed; the right to confidentiality is abused. Here Fiona Stanley argues that, far from being unethical, using data without consent may be morally justified, and not using it may be a failure of duty. © 2010 The Royal Statistical Society.