An unprecedented wave of personal data could be heading to federal agencies

The response to the coronavirus pandemic has put tech and telecom companies in a position where they can disclose, without individuals’ consent, large amounts of data about them to the federal government — a fact that has privacy experts on high alert.

The Stored Communications Act and other parts of federal law include emergency exceptions permitting companies’ release of personal data for government experimentation. This comes at a time when the White House is asking for more data to track the spread of COVID-19, a national emergency.

While this has been part of U.S. privacy policy for about 40 years, the rapid spread of the coronavirus could see data shared at an unprecedented scale — “hundreds of thousands of data points from hundreds of thousands of individuals,” said Albert Gidari, director of privacy at the Center for Internet and Society.

 

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Posted on April 5, 2020


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