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Ethical Issues Concerning the Use of Data from Commercially Available Wearable Sensors in Children

Version 1 : Received: 1 May 2021 / Approved: 4 May 2021 / Online: 4 May 2021 (16:27:26 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 24 June 2021 / Approved: 25 June 2021 / Online: 25 June 2021 (11:00:42 CEST)

How to cite: Panayiotou, A.G.; Protopapadakis, E.D. Ethical Issues Concerning the Use of Data from Commercially Available Wearable Sensors in Children. Preprints 2021, 2021050026 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0026.v2). Panayiotou, A.G.; Protopapadakis, E.D. Ethical Issues Concerning the Use of Data from Commercially Available Wearable Sensors in Children. Preprints 2021, 2021050026 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0026.v2).

Abstract

Wearable and mobile technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in the last decade with technological advances creating a role from enhancing healthy living to monitoring and treating disease. However, the discussion about the ethical use of such commercial technology in the community, especially in minors, is lacking behind. In this paper, we first summarize the major ethical concerns that arise from the usage of commercially available wearable technology in children, with a focus on smart watches, highlighting issues around the consent process, mitigation of risk and potential confidentiality and privacy issues, as well as the potential for therapeutic misconceptions when used without medical advice. Then through a relevant thought experiment we move on to outline some further ethical concerns that are connected to the use of wearables by minors, to wit the issue of informed consent in the case of minors, forcing them to live in the spotlight, and compromising their right to an open future. We conclude with the view that mitigating potential pitfalls and enhancing the benefits of wearable technology especially for minors requires brave and comprehensive moral debates.

Subject Areas

wearable devices; ethics; children; privacy; large data; right to an open future; living in the spot-light

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Received: 25 June 2021
Commenter: Evangelos Protopapadakis
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: Extensive changes in the abstract, the keywords, the reference list, and the body of the body of the article, according to the suggestions by the reviewers.
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