Below is an updated version of the EPHA briefing on cyber security and health technologies, first published in September 2012, taking account of developments and further EPHA work since then.
As noted in the EPHA briefing on data protection reform, the immediate problem presented by these technologies is the threat to privacy and the protection of personal information. However, the security risk presented – be it through malfunction or deliberate attack – is less widely recognised.
Regulation of security measures has not kept pace with the rapid development of this field, neither in legislation regarding cyber security and data protection more generally, nor in health policy responses.
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