More than 155 million people have recovered from Covid-19. However, the symptoms can last longer than expected. Remote patient monitoring with the use of speech and video technologies has proven to be an effective means to monitor the vital signs of frail people as well as healthy individuals who may be at risk of infection. The potential for wearable and wireless sensor technologies to reliably measure physiological parameters and habits of people appears to be great and likely to remain so even in the post-pandemic context.
On the other hand, since healthcare technology is increasingly integrated in private spheres and captures highly sensitive personal data, these developments may cause serious concerns about privacy and data protection. For this reason, a dialogue about the legal and ethical challenges in Active Assisted Living is necessary to develop widespread awareness on these topics.
• What are the ethical, legal, and privacy issues associated with audio- and video-based AAL technologies?
• What is the role of data protection law when it comes to safeguarding sensitive classes of data like race, age and gender collected by audio- and video-based sensors in the home?
• What privacy-by-design methodologies are available in order to protect the fundamental rights of those being monitored by audio- and video-based AAL technologies?
• How can we combine perspectives on privacy and data protection issues arising from the use of AAL technologies concerning healthcare automation?