Human Rights and Digital Health Technologies

Health and Human Rights
Volume 22, Issue 2, December 2020


Human Rights and Digital Health Technologies
Nina Sun, Kenechukwu Esom, Mandeep Dhaliwal, and Joseph J. Amon
…The COVID-19 pandemic has led policy makers to expand traditional public health surveillance to take advantage of new technologies, such as tracking apps, to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This article explores the human rights dimensions of how these new surveillance technologies are being used and assesses the extent to which they entail legitimate restrictions to a range of human rights, including the rights to health, life, and privacy. We argue that human rights offer a crucial framework for protecting the public from regulatory overreach by ensuring that digital health surveillance does not undermine fundamental features of democratic society.