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As the pandemic drives more of our lives online, we move further into a world optimised by big tech to suit itself.
Governments are implementing surveillance technologies to monitor and control the spread of COVID-19.
Privacy regulation can’t keep pace with the supersystems collecting, analyzing and using personal data.
The NZ COVID Tracer app helps you keep track of places you visit in New Zealand, in case anyone infected also visited. But the app has some shortcomings that won't be fixed until June at the earliest.
The COVIDSafe app hasn't come out of nowhere. The promises of 'smart city' data collection may be seductive, but we must always weigh up what we're being asked to give up in return.
Technology has made life under coronavirus workable and bearable for a great many. But will it mean further intrusions into our privacy that normally would be unacceptable?
Tracing apps will rely on smart devices to log movement and contact as a way of containing the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
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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.
Providing the relevant safeguards are in place, there should be no particular threat to Australians' privacy.
Face to face, virtually.
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Zoom's privacy and security shortcomings are just the latest videoconferencing vulnerabilities. Knowing each platform's risks can help people avoid many of the downsides of virtual gatherings.
Shelter-in-place directives mean that more and more people are working remotely from home, producing more technological vulnerabilities.
With so many people working from home on vulnerable networks and set-ups, cybersecurity is a growing concern.
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Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.
Research indicates people would be willing to give up privacy to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seattle residents walk past a wall of posters encouraging Americans to fill out their census forms.
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It's important to strike a balance between protecting Americans' privacy and having accurate statistics for governments and businesses to make data-based decisions.
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.
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".
Facial recognition software could be applied to managing people during pandemics.
Recently, police forces have come under criticism for their engagement of facial recognition technologies. But pandemic response plans may increasingly incorporate surveillance.
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.
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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.
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A quarter of Americans, many of them non-white, are worried about data privacy and confidentiality in the 2020 census.
New technology has created new options for women in Jordan.
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Research reveals a complicated relationship between surveillance and freedom, as surveillance activities allow for greater autonomy for women hoping to work in Jordan.
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