COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps: How to Prevent Privacy from Becoming the Next Victim

5 Pages Posted: 6 May 2020

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Aida Ponce

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: May 5, 2020

Abstract

Contact-tracing apps to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have increasingly been mentioned as useful tools to accompany and contribute to a return to normality despite the many ethical and legal questions they raise. The pressure exerted by business circles and lobbies to restart and ‘save the economy’ has been intense. What started as a public health crisis morphed into an economic crisis and we are now faced with a ‘trick-or-treat’ choice: accept to ‘pay the price’ and use invasive tracing apps, and by so doing facilitate a gradual reopening of business, or fight for privacy and delay the return to normality.

Keywords: epidemic disease; privacy; EU law; technology; EU countries

Suggested Citation

Ponce, Aida, COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps: How to Prevent Privacy from Becoming the Next Victim (May 5, 2020). ETUI Research Paper - Policy Brief 5/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3593405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3593405

Aida Ponce (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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