People’s locations, travel history, and contact networks are sensitive personal information that should not be tracked by health authorities or technology companies.
If contact tracing apps store identifying, personal information in a centralized database, there is always a risk that the data will be leaked or hacked. This could expose individuals to scams, identity theft, public shaming, and other negative consequences. It also presents a potential liability for health authorities.
Covid Watch has a privacy-preserving approach. When you use the app, we do not ask you to create a profile or enter personal information. You can never be identified.
The ACLU favors our decentralized and anonymous approach to using technology to slow the spread of COVID-19 Additionally, we are aligned with a global group of privacy-minded technologists that have coalesced around solutions that protect your privacy and public health at the same time.