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Italian Journal of Emergency Medicine 2020 April;9(1):41-8

DOI: 10.23736/S2532-1285.20.00015-4

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The right to be protected, the right to be forgotten: the European General Data Protection Regulation 679/2016 in Emergency Medicine

Claudia CICCHINI 1 , Mario MAZZEO 2, Donatella LIVOLI 1, Antonio SIMONE 1, Valentina VALERIANO 1, Francesco R. PUGLIESE 1

1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Sandro Pertini Hospital, Rome, Italy; 2 Data Protection Bureau, ASL Roma 2, Rome, Italy



Fast-paced technological developments and globalization have brought up new challenges for the protection of personal data. The scale of the collection and sharing of personal data has increased significantly. In order to ensure a consistent level of protection for natural persons throughout the European Union and to prevent divergences hampering the free movement of personal data within the internal market, a Regulation is necessary to provide legal certainty and transparency for operators and to provide natural persons in all Member States with the same level of legally enforceable rights and obligations and responsibilities for controllers and processors, to ensure consistent monitoring of the processing of personal data, and equivalent sanctions in all Member States as well as effective cooperation between the supervisory authorities of different Member States. In this scenario, Emergency Medicine must find its position. Health data protection is critical and complicated. Key elements include the need of adjust the workflow to guidelines and regulations and currently the need of pledging that health data are managed by authorized staff, ensuring the adequate and complete treatment. Nowadays, all healthcare personnel must know that practicing their job more than nursing the patients is taking care of their data, and these two aspects cannot be considered separately.


KEY WORDS: Privacy; Personally identifiable data; European Union; Confidentiality; Computer security; Emergency medicine

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