Contact tracing apps raise privacy fears

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Most US consumers believe in the effectiveness of contact tracing apps to curb the spread of COVID-19, but a new report shows almost half would refuse to download them over data privacy concerns.
A study sponsored by SecureAge Technology has surveyed more than 580 consumers and over 300 IT professionals to find out their perceptions on the use of contact tracing apps.

More than two-thirds of consumers (67 percent) acknowledge their support for a national rollout of contact tracing technology to help track and prevent the spread of COVID-19, while 70 percent also acknowledge that contact tracing technology could be effective in curbing the spread of the virus.
These sentiments are echoed among IT professionals where aAn overwhelming majority (91 percent) state that they would support a national rollout. Also 93 percent of IT professionals are confident in the technology’s ability to curb the spread of the virus.
However, 92 percent of consumer respondents are concerned that contact tracing apps will collect sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and as a result, nearly half (47 percent) of these consumers say they would not download any contact tracing apps if they were made publicly available.
“The public support for contact tracing technology as a means to combat the spread of …

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