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Singapore said its contact tracing app would only be used to fight the coronavirus, but now police are accessing its data for criminal investigations

Singapore is under renewed scrutiny after updating the privacy policy of its national contact tracing app TraceTogether, and now says that police can access user data if someone is under criminal investigation. About 80% of Singapore’s population, around 4.2 million people, are using the app via their devices or government […]
Singapore said its contact tracing app would only be used to fight the coronavirus, but now police are accessing its data for criminal investigations
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London and New York have similar populations and density, but only one is seeing a major coronavirus surge. Here’s why.

New York City and London are similar in density and population, but their coronavirus outbreaks have progressed very differently since the spring. Over the summer, New York developed its own robust testing and contact tracing programs and implemented targeted lockdowns in neighbourhoods with new outbreaks. London encouraged dining at restaurants […]
London and New York have similar populations and density, but only one is seeing a major coronavirus surge. Here’s why.
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Boston University won’t notify professors if a student in their class tested positive for the coronavirus, and faculty and students are not happy about it

Summary List Placement Boston University faculty and students are at odds with the school’s administration over its response to the coronavirus. BU’s provost, Jean Morrison, announced that professors would not be notified if students tested positive for the coronavirus, citing “strict privacy of everyone’s test status.” Nathan Phillips, a professor […]
Boston University won’t notify professors if a student in their class tested positive for the coronavirus, and faculty and students are not happy about it
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Contact tracing by some Australian businesses is as good as ‘useless’ and putting customer information at risk, a data expert has warned

Nearly one in three Australian businesses are failing to comply with their own state’s contact tracing requirements, a new study suggests. Even those that do may prove “useless” with information unverified, as well as possibly incorrect and improperly stored. The data comes as New South Wales and Victoria both grapple […]
Contact tracing by some Australian businesses is as good as ‘useless’ and putting customer information at risk, a data expert has warned