Privacy Background

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

1. Describe the history of privacy protections in the United States.

2. Discuss the various practical, philosophical, ethical, and legal notions embedded in and related to the idea of privacy.

3. Describe the Bioethics Commission’s guiding ethical principles and the ways in which they relate to privacy.

4. Describe key legal cases and laws that shape the right to privacy in the United States.

5. Discuss ways in which the U.S. approach to privacy differs from the European approach.

6. Discuss the specific privacy concerns raised by health information.


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Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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