Private and confidential?

Edited by Chris Clark and Janice McGhee

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349064
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303077 | DOI:
Private and confidential?

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Handling personal and often sensitive information is central to daily practice in social and health services. However, the increasing emphasis on multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working required for effective, joined-up services presents new challenges and dilemmas in preserving citizens' rights to privacy. This book examines key philosophical, ethical, and legal issues in the area of privacy and confidentiality, and explores their implications for policy and practice. Offering a range of analytical frameworks, the book focuses on different practice areas, including health and social care, children's services, and criminal justice. The contributors–from disciplines including law, philosophy, anthropology, and the personal service professions–bring their direct personal experience of working to create new systems and practices in a turbulent policy environment. The book provides a synoptic multi-disciplinary view of this increasingly challenging area where technological development, civil liberties, surveillance, health, and welfare become inexorably intertwined.

Keywords: personal information; privacy; social care; children; criminal justice; technology; civil liberties; surveillance; law; philosophy

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

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