Very important debate about the trade-offs we each need to make between guarding privacy and gaining some benefit from sharing data. It is probably too early to say for sure, but I wonder if the enhanced security and ability to set up contracts for data sharing afforded by Blockchain technology might solve at least some of the issues?
Everybody has something they consider private. I think of it not as an absolute but as a sliding scale. We all have stories about (typically young) people who share everything online in a very open way, seeming to not care about potential ramifications. But, I suspect even they have information they’d rather not share. There are others who eschew any online presence entirely because they feel all of their information should be private. Importantly, there is no right or wrong here; it is a personal matter.
And, there’s the old adage, pay attention to what people do, not what they say (bear with me on what this has to do with privacy — and connected health). How many times have you heard that? The root of this pronouncement lies in the fact that our brains color perception in so many complex ways that we report information that is often…
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