The law and ethics of 'self quantified' health information: an Australian perspective

Angela Daly

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This exploratory article examines the phenomenon of the ‘Quantified Self’—until recently, a subculture of enthusiasts who aim to discover knowledge about themselves and their bodies through self-tracking, usually using wearable devices to do so—and its implications for laws concerned with regulating and protecting health information.

Quantified Self techniques and the ‘wearable devices’ and software that facilitate them—in which large transnational technology corporations are now involved—often involve the gathering of what would be considered ‘health information’ according to legal definitions, yet may occur outside the provision of traditional health services (including ‘e-health’) and the regulatory frameworks that govern them.

This article explores the legal and regulatory framework for self-quantified health information and wearable devices in Australia and determines the extent to which this framework addresses privacy and other concerns that these techniques engender, along with suggestions for reform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-155
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Data Privacy Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2015


  • ethics
  • health information
  • Australia

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