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COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Privacy Is not the only Challenge

In the UK there are plans to use a mobile ‘phone app to trace people who have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 to warn them to go into quarantine in order to slow the spread of the virus. This approach is reported to have been successful in other countries, but it has raised concerns over individual privacy and how the government might use the data. However, while data analytics and other techniques can help with the pandemic privacy is not the only challenge. Quarantine Works Plagues are not new, and history has taught us that the most effective response to a...

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PEPP-PT: Bridging the Gap Between COVID-19 Pandemic Control and Privacy by Design

The use of modern information technology, in particular mobile data, is seen as a central measure in containing the current pandemic. However, the Corona App, which is used in South Korea to track the chains of infection, uses a variety of data (GPS, surveillance cameras, credit card data) to track the movements of potentially infected people, and does so in complete disregard of the privacy of those affected. Access to personal mobility data, combined with information on actual infections and diseases, holds the promise of providing better insight into the pathways of infection and the...

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Working Securely at Home During the Pandemic

As more people are working from home than ever before, there is an increasing demand for communication services. But security needs to be a key consideration as businesses adapt to a new way of working, as my colleagues John Tolbert , Matthias Reinwarth , and Alexei Balaganski have pointed out in their recommendations on responding to the Covid19 pandemic. The move to cloud is obvious For many organizations, meeting the challenges presented by the pandemic means making a quick move to the cloud, but as Matthias points out, this must be managed properly with security in mind....


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