Deep Dive Episode 117 – How to Approach Data Collection and Breaches in the Age of COVID-19

In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 and contain its impact, nations across the world are exploring the use of various methods of tracking the virus. Some – such as Singapore and South Korea – have established national surveillance networks that operate in real-time to assist in this task, while others – like the United States – have largely delegated this effort to individual states, which can result in a patchwork of different surveillance activities. Private companies – like Google and Apple – have also stepped in to assist in this effort.

Increased visibility into the virus’s spread appears crucial to public health authorities’ efforts but concerns have been raised that such widespread data collection activities may be overly intrusive and that privacy interests have not been adequately considered in the effort to stop the spread of this virus. Further, some question the security of personal health data, especially as hackers and cyber-criminals turn their attention towards these new surveillance programs.

In this podcast, our panel of experts explores these important issues and more.


Drew Bagley

Vice President and Counsel for Privacy and Cyber Policy


Neil Chilson

Senior Research Fellow

Center for Growth and Opportunity

Roger D. Klein

Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Cyber & Privacy

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