OPINION | Govts are using mobile location data to contain Covid-19 – is your private information safe?

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The use of mobile location data helped analyse the spread of the Zika virus and showed potential in predicting the spatial spread during Haiti's 2010 cholera epidemic, says James Claude. 

Data has become one of the most valuable assets in the world. The analysis of data by governments, corporates, and other institutions continues to increase in the pursuit of efficiency in the delivery and allocation of services. However, there is concern over data privacy and security, including whether the data is sold or used for anything other than the intended purposes.

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