Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

People returning to work following the long pandemic will find an array of tech-infused gadgetry to improve workplace safety but which could pose risks for long-term personal and medical privacy.

App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

image copyrightMind The Gap. image captionThe app sends a notification if you are too close to your colleaguesAlthough many contact-tracing apps have found it hard to accurately detect distances with Bluetooth, Hack Partners says the combination of the technology with audio measuring, gives an accuracy of between 6-8cm.

Amazon to use AI tech in its warehouses to enforce social distancing

Amazon to use AI tech in its warehouses to enforce social distancing

(Reuters) - Inc (AMZN.O) on Tuesday launched an artificial intelligence-based tracking system to enforce social distancing at its offices and warehouses to help reduce any risk of contracting the new coronavirus among its workers.

Public support vital to contact tracing apps: Can NHSx provide this?

Public support vital to contact tracing apps: Can NHSx provide this?

Even a newly constructed app using the Apple-Google software API (something NHSx is working on) is unlikely to solve all the issues the app has encountered, and it’s questionable whether new version will incite the public support needed.

Missourians who tipped off county about lockdown rule-breakers fear retaliation after detail release

Missourians who tipped off county about lockdown rule-breakers fear retaliation after detail release

The names and addresses of approximately 900 people in Missouri were released as part of a media request under the Sunshine Law, which allows for the release of information submitted to a public agency (except for wrongdoing and abuse tips).St. Louis County had urged the community to share details of anyone not following guidelines in response to the coronavirus pandemic and noted in the terms and conditions that information may be shared publicly.

Civil liberty advocates raise alarm on government tracking coronavirus-related data

Civil liberty advocates raise alarm on government tracking coronavirus-related data

He also noted companies using that type of information could open the door to the government being able to obtain the personal data through national security laws such as the Patriot Act. Location data tracked through digital companies, though, could help notify people who were in a store or area where someone later tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The Unacast Social Distancing Scoreboard

The Unacast Social Distancing Scoreboard

By focusing the geospatial human mobility insights our technology can surface, we created this pro bono Social Distancing Scoreboard as the first of many tools we are developing for a Unacast COVID-19 Toolkit — designed to provide high-quality insights to public agencies, healthcare organizations, local governments and businesses to enable them to learn and act in the best interest of at-risk populations and the general public.

Experts warn of privacy risk as US uses GPS to fight coronavirus spread

Experts warn of privacy risk as US uses GPS to fight coronavirus spread

Additionally, legal safeguards on location data in the UK mean that the government only receives information from mobile carriers in aggregated form, which prevents individuals from being identified.

These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

The Washington Post reported last week that the U.S. government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about using anonymous location data to combat the coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping at safe distances from one another.