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COVID-19 apps: Fear of tyranny by data

  • Fitriani

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 22 2020   /  01:00 am

In everyday life, modern people use various software programs and apps, from online shopping to ride-hailing, but the introduction of COVID-19 tracking apps has sparked concerns about privacy. The reason behind this is the increasing number of governments around the world that endorse and even, in specific circumstances, oblige citizens to install a COVID-19 tracking app.  At least 20 countries/territories are rolling out electronic tracking measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, including Australia, China, Norway, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. The concerns over these apps are twofold. In the short run, there are fears of mass surveillance and data storage security. In the long run, there are worries about misuse of the information collected, especially if the government subcontracts the creation of the app and data storage to a third party without suffic...