There will be too many stories about the Google/Apple proximity tracing app to list/highlight them all. I’ll update this page from time to time (new items on top) as new developments emerge. If there is anything specifically future focused, like the promise to limit the API’s duration, I will consider a different post.
The Project will track and compare various contact tracing apps using five categories:
- Is it voluntary?
- Are there limitations on how the data gets used?
- Will data be destroyed after a period of time?
- Is data collection minimized?
- Is the effort transparent?
MIT Technology Review, 7 May 2020
Change model: better and more comparative information to inform decision-making.
“Welcoming the toolbox, Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said: “Contact tracing apps to limit the spread of coronavirus can be useful, especially as part of Member States’ exit strategies. However, strong privacy safeguards are a pre-requisite for the uptake of these apps, and therefore their usefulness. While we should be innovative and make the best use of technology in fighting the pandemic, we will not compromise on our values and privacy requirements.”“European Union Press Release 16 April 2020
Change Model: Standards and common code
“As part of the change, the daily key is now referred to as the “temporary tracing key,” and the long-term tracing key included in the original specification is no longer present.”The Verge
Change Model: Code designed for obsolescence?
Change Model: Privacy-respecting code for contract tracing, built by consortium and focused on decentralized approaches.
“We are a international consortium of technologists, legal experts, engineers and epidemiologists with a wide range of experience who are interested in ensuring that any proximity tracing technology does not result in governments obtaining surveillance capabilities which will endanger civil society.” –DP-3T “Who We Are”
Morley, Jessica and Cowls, Josh and Taddeo, Mariarosaria and Floridi, Luciano, Ethical Guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 Digital Tracking and Tracing Systems (April 22, 2020). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3582550
Key Quote: “Only One Chance to Get It Right”
Change Model: Analysis and Guidance for Policymakers and Technologists
Private Tracer is open source, privacy by design approach to contact tracing.
Their change model involves creating code that empowers citizens to control and collaborate in tracking their own contacts