Covid-19: Pandemic data-sharing puts new pressure on privacy protections


By Ben BrodyNaomi Nix

Consumer advocates fear that an emphasis on health over privacy could undermine the protection of civil liberties, similar to what happened after 9/11, when the US secretly began collecting mass amounts of data on its own citizens in an effort to track down terrorists. — Bloomberg

Data sharing by technology companies is helping government officials fight the dizzying spread of the coronavirus by monitoring compliance with social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

It’s also putting privacy experts on edge.

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