Privacy in the time of COVID-19

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“Europe’s growing embrace of mobile data comes as many Western governments struggling to slow the spread of the coronavirus seek inspiration from early Asian success stories in containing outbreaks. South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore have used cell phone records and, sometimes, mobile apps in government efforts to aggressively track, notify, and quarantine people at risk of becoming infected.

The twin heads of surveillance capitalism, Google and Facebook, will work with public health authorities to provide insights that can guide both the behavior of individuals and public policy.’’

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