Governments around the world have had to weigh privacy and urgency when applying contact tracing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Illustration: SCMP
Governments around the world have had to weigh privacy and urgency when applying contact tracing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Illustration: SCMP

Contact tracing – the privacy vs urgency dilemma for governments in the fight against Covid-19

  • China has been quick to experiment with digital contact tracing, enlisting domestic tech giants to build QR-code-based quarantine apps during the pandemic
  • The US approach to contact tracing has been fragmented and slow to launch, with no national program in place, although privacy has been top of mind

Governments around the world have had to weigh privacy and urgency when applying contact tracing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Illustration: SCMP
Governments around the world have had to weigh privacy and urgency when applying contact tracing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Illustration: SCMP
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