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Policy Briefing: Privacy and Security in the Digital Age
If an app is widely endorsed by governments and public health agencies, and if it turns out to be ineffective, or worse harmful, endorsements could certainly undermine trust in public health institutions at a time when maintaining trust is paramount, writes Jason Millar. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Side effects may vary: lack of evidence prompts vigilance when considering contact-tracing apps

Opinion|Jason Millar
There are indications that Canadian contact-tracing apps could hit the app stores as early as this week. That could prove unwise.
Concerns over privacy have often complicated the timeliness and sharing of data needed to assess risk for adverse health outcomes, and privacy zealots in Canada have challenged public health innovations.
As governments around the globe are considering and developing data-driven solutions in the fight against the pandemic, they face similar challenges concerning their privacy implications.
Opinion|Harry Sharma
Privacy and the use of technology for public health emergencies are not mutually exclusive. But we must continue to develop institutional mechanisms to build a Canadian approach.
Although there have been high-level talks with his office, as the government discusses with app developers, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien says he hasn’t heard any of the finer points.
Opinion|Aaron Shull
As we seek to redefine digital society, the foundational constitutional principles should be a guide—empowering individuals, constraining power, and creating meaningful rights.
Opinion|Teresa Scassa
The pandemic context increases the vulnerability of a population asked to use largely untested and unproven technologies.
The rapid shift toward automating a core public health function involving sensitive health data in the midst of a global emergency should give Canadians pause.
The government should be using this situation to improve individual privacy rights, not being content to let the status quo continue, or worse yet, use this as cover to allow our rights to be further eroded.

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