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.