Sens. Propose Bill to Regulate Privacy of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

Jessica Davis

Proposed bipartisan privacy legislation would give consumers control over the data collected by COVID-19 contract tracing apps, while establishing data restrictions and enforcement measures.

Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, and Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, recently introduced privacy legislation designed to protect the data collected, used, and maintained by COVID-19 contact tracing apps and other commercial online exposure notification systems, while establishing enforcement provisions.

The proposal joins two other contact tracing bills released in the last month. Congressional democrats unveiled the The Public Health Emergency Privacy Act on May 14, meant to restore public trust in technologies that would benefit the COVID-19 fight, while protecting consumer privacy.

In early May, Senate Republicans unveiled a similar proposal, focused on strict privacy disclosures and...

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