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03.04.2020
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Countries approve use of mobile data despite privacy concerns

Sciencemag.org asks whether privacy is the price to be paid for using mobile data in the battle against coronavirus. It reports on recommendations from a team at Oxford University that advocates tapping into cell phone location data to track the spread of infection. Governments in Asia are reported to have had success with approaches that would run counter to privacy laws in many countries, but governments in the US and Europe are set to find ways of using the data appropriately. David Leslie, an ethicist at the Alan Turing Institute, is quoted as saying that ‘we don’t live in a culture of public trust when it comes to data,’ before adding, ‘these are not normal times’.

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Is privacy the price to be paid for using mobile data in the battle against coronavirus. Recommendations from a team at Oxford University advocate tapping into cell phone location data to track the spread of infection.

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Privacy, Safety, Security, Content: innovation, regulation and markets
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Regulatory Watch
Coronavirus, covid-19, Data, Privacy
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