Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020
Watch this IAPP keynote where Apple and Google privacy officers discuss the contact tracing app. Several months after the COVID-19 pandemic and there are still a lot of countries grappling with ever-increasing number of infections. Understandably, we are turning to technology-based solutions to optimize contact tracing efforts. Apple and Google teamed up to create a contact-tracing approach based on Bluetooth technology. In this video, they discuss how the project came about, addressing the tension between efficacy and privacy, and how they employed the privacy-by-design approach.
The International Committee of the Red Cross will be launching the second edition of its Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action with a series of panels on issues relating to technology and data protection. The day-long event, dubbed Follow the Sun (events are hosted across different countries, in order of the sunrise--from Tokyo, Japan to Bogota, Columbia). I'm looking into two panels that I might attend: Panel 1 (Digital Identity and Biometrics) and Panel 2 (Covid-19 and Contract Tracing Applications). I am quite stoked about Panel 1 because digital identity is a particularly thorny issue that we will need to resolve soon. For one, the Philippines' distribution of humanitarian aid for populations affected by COVID-19 would have been much more efficient if people had digital identities. Of course, the fact of a repressive government that is also ill-equipped to protect personal data complicates matters. Register for the event here.