This article examines one of the areas where privacy rights and free speech come into conflict -- media disclosure of personal medical information. It includes a summary of the significant changes in privacy law addressed in the United States, United Kingdom and within the European Court of Human Rights which impact the free speech/medical privacy debate. Further, it presents the premise that while current laws favor the public disclosure of certain types of health/medical problems (I.E. AIDS/HIV, mental illness, and substance abuse), as “a legitimate public concern,” the overall interests of the community are best served by vigilantly protecting the individual privacy rights of all patients.
- free speech,
- European Convention on Human Rights,
- Intrusion Upon Seclusion
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