Elder Surveillance: Can Grandma Be Independent if Everyone is Watching?
The discussion of ethical dilemmas is of interest to me, especially as it pertains to the use of technology to assist elders to remain “independent” so that they can “age in place”.
This article provides an overview of the ethical considerations of home monitoring technology, particularly as it pertains to privacy.
Up until recently, home monitoring technology has existed only in research settings; however, cheaper, more readily available digital technology means that relatively affordable systems will become increasingly available over the next few years.
Key ethical question: IF monitoring keeps one safer, is that more important than the right to privacy?