Hong Kong: COVID-19 and Smartphone Tracking: You’re Being Watched!

by | Apr 9, 2020 | General

The world is collectively rushing to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19), and much of the research conducted shows that the best way to stop the spread of the virus is through identifying infected individuals, and isolating the contacts of the infected people through contact tracing. A team of researchers at The University of Oxford has advocated (as per website reference) for an approach that taps into smartphone data to track the spread of infection, which will allow people who have been exposed to be contacted and warned. While contact tracing may be a mainstay of controlling infectious diseases like COVID-19, it also raises issues of data privacy and protection.

Some questions come up spontaneously: Who is in control of such information and apps? What laws are able to protect me? What can they do with my information once the pandemic is over?

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