Big data, privacy and COVID-19 – learning from humanitarian expertise in data protection

  title={Big data, privacy and COVID-19 – learning from humanitarian expertise in data protection},
  author={Andrej Zwitter and Oskar Josef Gstrein},
  journal={Journal of International Humanitarian Action},
  • A. Zwitter, O. Gstrein
  • Published 18 May 2020
  • Political Science
  • Journal of International Humanitarian Action
The COVID-19 pandemic leads governments around the world to resort to tracking technology and other data-driven tools in order to monitor and curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Such large-scale incursion into privacy and data protection is unthinkable during times of normalcy. However, in times of a pandemic the use of location data provided by telecom operators and/or technology companies becomes a viable option. Importantly, legal regulations hardly protect people’s privacy against governmental… 

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