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- 5.2 Analyse the implications of assistive technology for maintaining confidentiality for the individual (Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care, Advanced Communication Skills)
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There has been a lot of debate about how assistive technologies can affect the privacy of individuals. For example, telecare systems can monitor the location of individuals and electronic devices can store personal information that may be open to attack by hackers. Therefore, it is important to ensure that policies, procedures and security are in place to mitigate these risks.
Conversely, assistive technologies can also help to maintain an individual’s confidentiality. For example, screen readers that convert text to voice can assist visually impaired individuals to read information independently. This means that they will not be reliant on having to pass the information onto others to read out to them.