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Using Location Data to Control the Coronavirus Pandemic

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In times of crisis like the Coronavirus pandemic strong and decisive measures to save the lives and livelihoods of people across all parts of the world are needed. There is an increased need for governments to monitor and control the public, which might make it necessary to limit individual freedom. The use of location data to control the coronavirus pandemic can be fruitful and might improve the ability of governments and research institutions to combat the threat more quickly. However, the use of data on such scale has consequences for data protection, privacy and informational self-determination. Therefore, such measures should be carefully planned, executed with effective oversight, and transparently evaluated. Potential risks should ideally be mitigated through dedicated legal frameworks. At the very least, use of location data should adhere to general principles of fundamental rights protection.



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