Apple and Google are partnering to add tech to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact with a person with Covid-19. The announcement is raising concerns about the data privacy implications.
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.
Processing of personal data is justifiable under GDPR to protect lives “for humanitarian purposes, including for monitoring epidemics.”