COVID-19 contact-tracing technology raises privacy concerns

Becker's Hospital Review

Laura Dyrda

The efforts to contact trace COVID-19 spread requires more surveillance, and it's unclear whether tracking the virus spread for greater public health will compromise individual privacy.

To prevent further coronavirus spread, public health experts recommend contact-tracing in the next phase of the pandemic as the U.S. reopens its economy. But that's easier said than done.

Google, Apple and Facebook are among the big tech companies working on technology applications to track the spread of COVID-19. Before the pandemic, the companies had "spotty records on privacy," according to STAT.

In announcing their plans to track the virus through smartphone data and apps, the companies have assured users that privacy protection is ...

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