Privacy Implications of Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Privacy Implications of Contact Tracing for COVID-19 Privacy Implications of Contact Tracing for COVID-19

April 1, 20201 min read
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Contact tracing is the process of identification of persons who may have come into contact with an infected person and subsequent collection of further information about these contacts


Contact tracing is a key public health response to battle infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Mobile technologies offer robust options for contact tracing through the use of GPS, Bluetooth, cellular information and AI-powered big data analytics. Together, this information can help manage the spread of COVID-19.


Several countries have rolled out contact-tracing apps and solutions, such as the UK, Israel and South Korea among others.



However, preserving personal privacy is critical towards maintaining public trust and protecting users during this crisis. 


Kurt Rohloff, assistant professor of computer science at New Jersey Institute of Technology and co-founder of Duality Technologies, is an expert in areas concerning privacy and the implications of contact tracing, and how technologies exist to both protect private information and support contact tracing.


Duality Technologies has developed a prototype solution for privacy-preserving contact tracing that uses the open-source PALISADE homomorphic encryption library  Rohloff developed at NJIT with funding from DARPA.


On Friday, April 3 at 8 a.m. EST, Rohloff will be speaking at a UN webinar on privacy in the age of COVID-19. For more details and to register, visit https://aiforgood.itu.int/webinar/.



To speak with Rohloff directly on issues related to privacy and contact tracing, click on his icon below to arrange an interview. 


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  • Kurt Rohloff
    Kurt Rohloff Associate Professor, Computer Science

    Professor Rohloff focuses on encrypted computing, homomorphic encryption, lattice-based and applied cryptography, and cybersecurity

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