Ulf Mattsson, Head of Innovation, TokenEx
In Singapore, the Government launched an app using short-distance Bluetooth signals to connect one phone using the app with another user who is close by. It stores detailed records on a user's phone for 21 days decrypt the data if there is a public health risk related to an individual's movements.
China used a similar method to track a person's health status and to control movement in cities with high numbers of coronavirus cases. Individuals had to use the app and share their status to be able to access public transportation.
The keys to addressing privacy concerns about high-tech surveillance by the state is de-identifying the data and giving individuals control over their own data. Personal details that may reveal your identity such as a user's name should not be collected or should be protected with access to be granted for only specific health purposes, and data should be deleted after its specific use is no longer needed.
We will discuss how to protect privacy sensitive data that is collected to control the coronavirus outbreak.