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Sharing Privately in the Context of Health

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Social sharing about all topics is now commonplace, and the trend of increasingly open sharing about historically “private” aspects of our lives reflect changing standards about what’s appropriately public information. At the same time, for certain subjects – including health – privacy and confidentiality concerns often keep us from open sharing.

At the same time, we now know that sharing health information, particularly in an online social context, can have significant benefits (for all who share and others), especially when practiced in large groups/communities.

This session will explore how to create environments where participants receive the benefits of sharing, while also enjoying the peace of mind of privacy: secure sharing. It will address emerging trends in technology (including mobile sharing and privacy/security technology), products (including online and mobile services that allow anonymous sharing of health information), privacy controls and sharing trends, and current (as of the time of the talk) law, which collectively support the new and exciting prospect of "secure sharing" and the related benefits it creates.


Michael Nichols Chief Privacy Officer & General Counsel HealthTap

Michael is HealthTap's Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Business Development Director. He is responsible for HealthTap's privacy and legal policies, and for the company's business development. Prior to joining HealthTap, Michael served as an attorney with leading law firms in Silicon Valley, and as general counsel to high technology companies.

Michael holds A.B. (honors) and M.A. degrees from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Michael is presenting at SXSW Interactive on Monday, March 12th at 11:30 a.m.

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