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Tracing apps will rely on smart devices to log movement and contact as a way of containing the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Coronavirus contact tracing poses serious threats to our privacy

Contact tracing is being touted as essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19, but it comes with alarming concerns related to our rights to privacy.
By using technology to curb the spread of COVID-19, governments undertake the risky venture of undermining human rights. (Shutterstock)

Technology threatens human rights in the coronavirus fight

As governments consider the use of surveillance technologies to trace and contain the spread of COVID-19, it is important to consider human rights in the implementation.
Apps that warn about close contact with COVID-19 cases are key to relaxing social distancing rules. Walter Bibikow/Stone via Getty Images

How Apple and Google will let your phone warn you if you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus

Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible for people to get alerts on their phones when they've been exposed to the coronavirus. Adding the right cryptography scheme keeps those alerts private.
Singapore’s successful use of a mobile contact tracing app is among the ways New Zealand could use technology better in its COVID-19 lockdown. Wallace Woon/EPA

Tracking your location and targeted texts: how sharing your data could help in New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown

Automated text messages if your phone detects you're a long way from home, or discounted home internet, are just a few possible technology solutions to make New Zealanders "stay home to save lives".
People are reflected on a volunteer’s sunglasses outside a neighborhood alley in Beijing that is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 1, 2020. AP Photo/Andy Wong

With coronavirus containment efforts, what are the privacy rights of patients?

Some measures taken in China to contain the COVID-19 outbreak have raised concerns about patient privacy. As other countries bring in containment measures, will patient privacy be compromised?
Fears of the census may have informed the Bureau’s 2020 tagline. U.S. Census Bureau

Why some Americans don’t trust the census

A quarter of Americans, many of them non-white, are worried about data privacy and confidentiality in the 2020 census.

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