Civil Rights & Constitutional Law

Healthcare Robots and the Right to Privacy


The paper reveals author's personal conclusions derived from the fact that an increasing autonomy of robots is not a science fiction, yet it presents a notorious feature of modern era that requires a comprehensive and systematic legal approach. However, a European Parliaments' recently issued recommendation to consider robots as electronic persons seems inappropriate from human rights perspective and may reflect in serious violations of fundamental rights attached to all human beings. This article focuses on negative aftermaths of automaton and the impact they have on health law and the right to privacy. The fundamental principle of healthcare ethics, a protection of patient's clinical records presents a cornerstone of doctor-patient confidential relationship. The latter is, due to its importance, protected not only by national health legislations, yet also by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Right to privacy.