‘Covid-19: A New Struggle over Privacy, Data Protection and Human Rights?’

“In 2017, BBC launched an app called ‘BBC Pandemic’ as part of a nation-wide experiment in the UK that collected data of volunteers who used the app to model how an infectious disease like flu would spread and affect people living in the UK. The app collected volunteers’ location data, user profiles, user encounters, from which researchers at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine extracted data (age, gender, location patterns) and built a mathematical model addressing for example questions such as the fatality rate …” (more)

[Elif Mendos Kuskonmaz and Elspeth Guild, European Law Blog, 4 May]

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