Carnegie Mellon University
June 04, 2020

Cranor speaks with the Post-Gazette about privacy concerns of contact tracing apps

EPP Professor, and director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS), Lorrie Cranor spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about privacy concerns of contact tracing apps. 

For many Americans, it’s only a matter of weeks before the cell phones in their pockets start measuring how close they’ve come to COVID-19. But advocates, scientists, and researchers are monitoring the spread of something they deem to be important, too, and that’s how close these mobile applications come to invading privacy and encroaching on civil liberties.

It’s a question that’s emerged since countries around the world have started utilizing technology to help in contact tracing

Revealing someone’s location data can reveal perfectly legitimate activities that people just don’t want to share, said Cranor.

To find out more about contact tracing and privacy concerns, go here.