Just What the Doctor Ordered: Protecting Privacy Without Impeding Development of Digital Pills

Amelia R. Montgomery · 19 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. 1

Abstract

Using technology, humans are receiving more and more information about the world around them via the Internet of Things, and the next area of connection will be the inside of the human body. Several forms of “digital pills” that send information from places like the human digestive tract or bloodstream are being developed, with a few already in use. These pills could stand to provide information that could drastically improve the lives of many people, but they also have privacy and data security implications that could put consumers at great risk. This Note analyzes these risks and suggests that short-term improvements in warning and obtaining consent from consumers be implemented, while lawmakers carefully consider use constraints in order to both protect consumers and allow the development of what could be a highly beneficial form of technology.