Congress Hears Options—And Concerns—for Using Smartphone Data to Fight COVID-19

"“There can be little doubt that better access to and analysis of information will play a prominent role in addressing the ongoing pandemic,” wrote Ryan Calo, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law and co-director of the university’s Tech Policy Lab. “Yet even as we bring to bear the considerable ingenuity of our academic, public, and private institutions, my research into privacy and technology counsels a measure of humility and caution regarding the use of data analytics to address this crisis.”

Calo said big data can and is being used primarily in two distinct ways: first, to analyze broad trends and get a better idea of how the virus spreads; and second, to track infected persons to determine where they went and who they came into contact with."