PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Location Privacy in a Crisis—Considerations for Businesses
By Sherrese Smith, Aaron Charfoos & Andrew Erber
The fight against COVID-19 has gone mobile. Israel has approved emergency regulations to use smartphone location histories to warn people about potential COVID-19 exposure and enforce self-quarantines. South Korea’s epidemiological surveys are using individual GPS data to confirm interview details and notify the public of confirmed cases through mobile alerts. There are press reports of the Trump Administration exploring the value of location data in combating the spread of the virus.