AGS Urge Apple, Google to Ensure Privacy of COVID-19 Contact Tracing

HealthITSecurity

Jessica Davis

The National Association of Attorneys General asks Google and Apple to protect consumer privacy and ensure COVID-19 contact tracing apps are only released by public health authorities.

Following reports that showed the majority of consumers would not opt into using COVID-19 contact tracing apps, 39 bipartisan members of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) are urging Apple and Google to ensure the privacy and security of their APIs.

Avira recently surveyed 2,000 US individuals and found that 71 percent of respondents said they do not plan to download or use a COVID-19 contact tracing app due to digital privacy concerns.

What’s more, consumers between the ages of 25 and 44 ranked contact tracing apps as the biggest threat to digital privacy in 2020, viewing those apps as a bigger threat than identity theft or cybercrime.

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