Category Archive: Health

Exploring the flicker of life after death

By Simon Davies I died a few months ago. Literally died. Body functions ceased, heart stopped, lungs paralysed. Cast deep into a coma, I swung precariously between life and death for a month. Yes, I know being brought back from clinical death is no big deal in the larger scheme of things. It happens to …

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My blindness – and the curious tension with privacy

By Simon Davies When I was a young boy, there was a kid in my class whose visual impairment was so bad that he had to sit front and centre of the classroom, using binoculars just to see the blackboard. To many classmates this was a hilarious spectacle, though there were always one or two …

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UK privacy groups lodge ICO complaint on Google health data deal

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 By Simon Davies Several British rights groups have co-authored a complaint to the UK Information Commissioner, alleging that the use of Google cloud services for the processing of health information has created a serious violation of data protection law. The complaint warns that the arrangements leave open the possibility that Google may be processing personal …

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The all-new Hippocratic Oath

By Simon Davies I was leafing through a copy of my 1996 book “Big Brother” (now sadly remaindered) and noticed my rewording of the Hippocratic oath. I thought you might enjoy it, seeing as there are currently so many attacks on medical confidentiality: The Hippocratic Oath is the ancient charter that defends medical confidentiality, but …

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Now that government is planning to ban smoking in the home it’s time for smokers to fight for their remaining liberties

By Simon Davies California is considering a bill that would create a state-wide ban on tobacco smoking in the home. While the legislation is at an early stage there’s every indication of a general lust for prohibition that will drive the law forward. As with any restriction on personal lifestyle, the implications for privacy and …

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