Privacy or public good? Why not obtaining consent may be best practice

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Abstract

Using medical and other data from private citizens without obtaining the consent of those citizens has been a taboo of statisticians and of society. The right to privacy is infringed; the right to confidentiality is abused. Here Fiona Stanley argues that, far from being unethical, using data without consent may be morally justified, and not using it may be a failure of duty.

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