What the NHS can learn from the smartphone on data consent

Christopher Burnett, Edoardo Pignotti

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In the run up to the introduction of the NHS care.data programme, there is an urgent need for a debate about what we, and our healthcare providers, mean by the term “consent”.

So far, the plans for care.data are ringing alarm bells, and for good reason. But we are becoming more and more comfortable with handling our own data when we use technology such as smart wristbands and apps that track our diets. If the NHS took heed of how this field is handling the difficult issue of personal privacy, it might have more success winning over a wary public.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2014

Bibliographical note

Chris Burnett conducts research supported by an award made by the RCUK "Bridging the Urban Rural Divide" programme, award reference: EP/J00068X/1.

Edoardo Pignotti conducts research supported by the award made by the RCUK Digital Economy programme to the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub; award reference: EP/G066051/1.


  • Online privacy
  • Digital economy
  • Digital privacy
  • NHS
  • Data
  • NHS data


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