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Battle Coronavirus While Retaining User Data Privacy: The Big App Conundrum in Europe


Representative Image. People stand in a queue to buy vegetables during day-2 of a nationwide lockdown in Vijayawada. (Photo: PTI)

Governments across Europe are turning to technology to track the spread of the coronavirus and monitor people under quarantine, an approach that seeks to learn from Asia but is also putting the region’s privacy rules to the test. From Helsinki to Madrid, applications are being developed for people to report their symptoms to doctors and researchers; to trace and model the spread of the flu-like virus; and ensure that those under quarantine stay at home. Yet progress has been ...


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