How to Protect Privacy When Aggregating Location Data to Fight COVID-19

How to Protect Privacy When Aggregating Location Data to Fight COVID-19

Ordinarily, users should have the choice of whether to opt-in to every new use of their data, but we recognize that obtaining consent to aggregate previously acquired location data to fight COVID-19 may be difficult with sufficient speed to address the public health need.

Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Australia has become the latest country to track the movements of the public, with the federal and New South Wales governments having received the location data of millions of Vodafone Australia customers.

COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

Each Community Mobility Report is broken down by location and displays the change in visits to places like grocery stores and parks.Visit Google's Privacy Policy to learn more about how we keep your data private, safe and secure.

The govt can now track cellphone locations back to 5 March: how Covid-19 tracing will work

The govt can now track cellphone locations back to 5 March: how Covid-19 tracing will work

As of Thursday the South African government can trace the movements of any South African cellphone user back as far as 5 March, in order to fight Covid-19.That movement data will go into a special database to identify anyone who may have had physical contact with a person known to be carrying the SARS-Cov-2 virus, for possible testing and quarantine.

At Home with EFF: An Online Discussion of COVID-19 and Digital Rights

At Home with EFF: An Online Discussion of COVID-19 and Digital Rights

Then, join Staff Attorney Saira Hussain, who will talk to Cindy about surveillance, the spread of coronavirus, and the need to preserve our privacy.6:00-6:30: Surveillance and the Spread of COVID-19: Protecting Privacy During a Pandemic with Staff Attorney Saira Hussain and Cindy Cohn.

Government is tracking Americans' cell phones to see how they move and spread coronavirus

Government is tracking Americans' cell phones to see how they move and spread coronavirus

The data comes from the mobile advertising industry, people familiar with the matter explained to the Wall Street Journal.The goal of the portal would be to help officials learn how COVID-19 is spreading across the United States.

Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has stated that no privacy laws are being breached – as long as there are safeguards.A potential new norm that is not good for privacy: Telecoms sharing “anonymized” location data with governments.

Snowden warns government surveillance amid COVID-19 could be long lasting

Snowden warns government surveillance amid COVID-19 could be long lasting

During this pandemic, for example, governments might say they're worried about public health and could send an order to every fitness tracker to look at measures like pulse and heart rate, and then demand access to that kind of activity, he said.

Jennifer O'Connell: Covid-19 is normalising mass surveillance of citizens

Jennifer O'Connell: Covid-19 is normalising mass surveillance of citizens

Draconian new measures allowing the Minister for Health to detain people indefinitely or quarantine entire areas, passing through the Dáil on Thursday with virtually no resistance.

Poland’s COVID-19 “selfie app” raises privacy questions – will everyone eventually be tracked?

Poland’s COVID-19 “selfie app” raises privacy questions – will everyone eventually be tracked?

While it’s perfectly fine for such an app to exist – especially as an alternative to using law enforcement man hours to physically check on at-risk quarantined patients, it would be a huge privacy concern if Poland decided to make every citizen download the COVID-19 selfie app.

Poland made an app that forces coronavirus patients to take regular selfies to prove they're indoors or face a police visit

Poland made an app that forces coronavirus patients to take regular selfies to prove they're indoors or face a police visit

Poland on Friday released an app which requires people in quarantine for COVID-19 to periodically send selfies of themselves on request to prove they're sticking to their quarantine."People in quarantine have a choice: either receive unexpected visits from the police, or download this app," a spokesman for Poland's Digital Ministry told the AFP.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

McLaws – a professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Australia, and a member of European, US and UK epidemiology and infection control bodies – told The Register tracking played a key role in nations that were able to flatten the exponential curve of COVID-19 cases – particularly Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.

Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Tech companies, governments, and international agencies have all announced measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.Many of those measures are based on extraordinary powers, only to be used temporarily in emergencies.

La aplicación de autoevaluación de la Comunidad de Madrid para COVID-19: es oficial, da acceso a tus datos a empresas privadas y no los anonimiza

La aplicación de autoevaluación de la Comunidad de Madrid para COVID-19: es oficial, da acceso a tus datos a empresas privadas y no los anonimiza

Según el Aviso de Privacidad, las empresas participantes tienen acceso a los datos que damos a la aplicación, igual que las fuerzas y cuerpos de seguridad del estado.

Coronavirus: Pa. senator wants to suspend HIPAA amid COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus: Pa. senator wants to suspend HIPAA amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mastriano said HIPAA preventing the public release of the names of people who have tested positive endangers the lives of people who have been in close contact with them.

Israel Passes Emergency Law to Track and Trace Mobile Users With Suspected COVID-19

Israel Passes Emergency Law to Track and Trace Mobile Users With Suspected COVID-19

Israel has passed emergency measures that will allow security agencies to track the smartphone data of people with suspected COVID-19 and find others they may have come into contact with (via BBC News).

Mastriano: Federal HIPAA Regs Should be Suspended During Coronavirus Pandemic

Mastriano: Federal HIPAA Regs Should be Suspended During Coronavirus Pandemic

HARRISBURG – As a result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) is introducing a measure calling upon the federal government to temporarily suspend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).