Anti-doping and medical privacy

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Friday, 19 July 2013

The right to privacy is a fundamental human entitlement that is recognized in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and underpins the essence of human dignity1. However, such rights are never absolute and in the context of anti-doping in sports, the use of biological passports and whereabouts notifications have increasingly seen athletes’ privacy being infringed upon. The UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) agreement with NHS Protect could potentially be the most recent incursion on that privilege.

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  • Peter Sonksen

    • 20 July 2013 at 09:49
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    Very good article and emphasises the conflicting interests very well. As a retired endocrinologist involved with UKAD I feel the privacy of the medical record should be sacrosanct.


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