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Daily Dashboard | Global updates on COVID-19 contact tracing Related reading: EU, US initiate talks on an 'enhanced' Privacy Shield

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Countries around the world continue to grapple with COVID-19 contact tracing apps and their privacy applications. Here are the latest developments regarding the deployment of those apps:

  • European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager said COVID-19 gives global technology companies an opportunity to “contribute and do something that is very, very useful,” Time reports.
  • A team of experts is investigating switching the U.K. National Health Service contact tracing app to the global standard proposed by Apple and Google, the Financial Times reports.
  • France-based security researcher Robert Baptiste said India’s contact tracing app has design flaws and privacy issues, while the government said they are “by design,” TechCrunch reports.
  • Contact tracing has been removed from Colombia’s CoronApp-Colombia mobile app as a government official said it will be rebuilt using more reliable technology from Apple and Google, Reuters reports.
  • Former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency official and Director of Strategic Threat for cyber firm Darktrace Marcus Fowler said a contact tracing app developed by health authorities, rather than the tech sector, could be trusted more by the public, Nextgov reports.
  • In an interview with KOIN 6 News, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said contact tracing through cellphones is an “unacceptable invasion of privacy.” Contact tracing can be done “the right way” by “talking to the people who test positive and then talking to the folks they’ve been meeting with,” he said.
  • Canadian Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said the federal government has yet to contact him on “the details of contact tracing,” The Hill Times reports.
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