COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Eight Privacy Questions Explored A Reply to de Montjoye et al.

5 Pages Posted: 21 May 2020

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Hugh Lawson-Tancred

Birkbeck, University of London

Henry C. W. Price

Imperial College London

Alessandro Provetti

Birkbeck, University of London

Date Written: May 20, 2020

Abstract

We respond to a recent work by de Motjoye et el. on privacy issues with COVID-19 tracking. Our discussion is structured around three “toy” protocols for the design of an app which can maximise the utility of contact tracing information while minimising the more general risk to privacy. On this basis, the paper proceeds to introduce eight questions against which they should be assessed. The questions raised and the protocols proposed effectively amount to the creation of a game with different categories of players able to make different moves. It is therefore possible to analyse the model in terms of optimal game design.

Keywords: COVID-19, tracking, privacy

Suggested Citation

Lawson-Tancred, Hugh and Price, Henry C. W. and Provetti, Alessandro, COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Eight Privacy Questions Explored A Reply to de Montjoye et al. (May 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3607089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3607089

Hugh Lawson-Tancred (Contact Author)

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Henry C. W. Price

Imperial College London

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Alessandro Provetti

Birkbeck, University of London ( email )

Malet Street
London, London WC1
United Kingdom

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