International: Privacy implications of Coronavirus tracking mobile apps

Category: data protection Industry: healthcare Year:
Dr. Carlo Piltz

"The Proximity Tracking App aims to reduce the spread of Coronavirus infections by analysing social contacts. Instead of processing the location data via mobile radio cells, the app registers whether its users have been closer than two meters for a significant amount of time, using Bluetooth. Dr. Carlo Piltz, Salary Partner at reuschlaw Legal Consultants told OneTrust DataGuidance, 'This app aims to inform people when contacts have tested positive for the virus. Contact persons should be stored locally via the app in the users' mobile phones but without reference to their name or contact details. The phones communicate via Bluetooth and, according to the current information, only device-related random identifiers should be created for each mobile phone in the user's own radius and stored locally for a limited period of time.'"

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