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Covid-19 contact-tracing apps: how to prevent privacy from becoming the next victim

. ETUI Policy Brief, 5/2020. European Trade Union Institute, Brussels, (May 2020)

Abstract

Contact-tracing apps to combat the Covid-19 pandemic have increasingly been mentioned as useful tools to accompany and contribute to a return to normality despite the many ethical and legal questions they raise. The pressure exerted by business circles and lobbies to restart and ‘save the economy’ has been intense. What started as a public health crisis morphed into an economic crisis and we are now faced with a ‘trick-or-treat’ choice: accept to ‘pay the price’ and use invasive tracing apps, and by so doing facilitate a gradual reopening of business, or fight for privacy and delay the return to normality. This policy brief offers new arguments to reject this binary choice.

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