Improvement of the Applicability of the General Data Protection Regulation in Health Clinics

Isabel Maria Lopes*, Teresa Guarda, Pedro Oliveira

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The General Data Protection Regulation (full name: Regulation on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive) entered into force on May 25 2018, but was approved on April 27 2016. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aims to ensure the coherence of natural persons’ protection within the European Union (EU), comprising very important innovative rules that will be applied across the EU and will directly affect every Member State. The GDPR considers a ‘special category of personal data’, which includes data regarding health, since this is sensitive data and is therefore subject to special conditions regarding treatment and access by third parties. This premise provides the focus of this research work, where the applicability of the GDPR in health clinics in Portugal is analysed. Such analysis is based on a study by [1], who presents the results of a survey regarding the GDPR applicability in health clinics six months before its enforcement. This work aims to present the evolution of the regulation applicability six months after its enforcement. The results are discussed in light of the data collected from a survey and possible future works are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Knowledge in Information Systems and Technologies. Volume 1
EditorsLuís Paulo Reis, Álvaro Rocha, Sandra Costanzo, Hojjat Adeli
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer VS
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9783030161804
ISBN (Electronic)9783030161811
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventWorld Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, WorldCIST 2019 - Galicia, Spain
Duration: 16 Apr 201919 Apr 2019


ConferenceWorld Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, WorldCIST 2019
SeriesAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing


  • General data protection regulation
  • Health clinics
  • Personal data
  • Regulation (EU) 2016/679

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