Can COVID-19 contact tracing and exposure notification apps protect both your health and your privacy?

Exposure notification apps, such as COVID Alert — to be launched by the Canadian federal government this month — could be key tools for countries as they work to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

But as public health officials are evaluating COVID Alert’s efficacy in the fight to stop the spread of the virus, Professor David Lie (ECE) is closely watching the app to see just how closely the app is watching you.

Lie is part of a team of researchers who recently published a paper exploring the constitutional implications and technological underpinning of apps, such as COVID Alert in Canada. The study is a collaboration between Lie and a team of legal scholars.

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