FPF Charts the Role of Mobile Apps in Pandemic Response


Multiple apps and software development kits (SDK) have been deployed to help both private and public entities tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to better understand these technologies, the Future of Privacy Forum has created a comparison chart to contrast the objectives and methods of specific apps and SDKs.

The chart compares relevant privacy and data protection issues – such as data collection, retention, purpose, and sharing – as well as what privacy and data security safeguards are employed. The key question is the extent to which each technology appropriately and ethically balances public health and safety with privacy risks and other interferences with civil liberties throughout the crisis and in the future.

If you’re interested in data collection and use in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – or a decision-maker considering the use of one of these apps – you’ll want to take a look at the chart.