An Analysis of Privacy Language in the Scholarly Literature on Mental Health Apps

Title

An Analysis of Privacy Language in the Scholarly Literature on Mental Health Apps

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Document Type

Book Chapter

Description

Chapter from Privacy Concerns Surrounding Personal Information Sharing on Health and Fitness Mobile Apps, by Devjani Sen and Rukhsana Ahmed.

ISBN

9781799834878

Publication Date

8-2020

Publisher

IGI Global

City

Hersey, PA

Keywords

Autonomy, General Data Privacy and Regulation, GDPR, Ecosystem, Encryption, Digital Health, Psychiatric Surveillance, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, HIPPA, Data Provenance, Confidentiality, Professional Ethics

Comments

This chapter charts the language of privacy in published scholarship on mental health apps. What definition of privacy is assumed? What meanings of privacy are deployed in the research about mental health apps? Using a qualitative thematic approach, this analysis shows that privacy language can be understood as occurring in three phases: Phase 1: Discourse of Technological Possibility; Phase 2: Discourse of Privacy Challenges and Threats; and Phase 3: Discourse of Advocacy. The authors discuss each of these phases and propose a more critical discourse of privacy by identifying the issues inherent in understanding privacy as security.

An Analysis of Privacy Language in the Scholarly Literature on Mental Health Apps


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