Contact tracing app must protect our personal data

Public Services Card debacle shows the government has a lot of work to do to win back the public’s trust

3rd May, 2020
Contact tracing app must protect our personal data
The European Data Protection Board, of which Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is a member, said that contact tracing apps were a key component in the fight against the virus

Since the Business Post revealed five weeks ago that the government would deploy contact tracing technology as part of its response to the Covid-19 debate, concerns have been raised about its implications for data protection.

The debacle over the Public Services Card, which has led to the government running afoul of its own Data Protection Commission, has created a distrust among many over the state’s handling of personal data.

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