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Contact Tracing App Use Hindered by Privacy Concerns, GAO Finds

Sept. 9, 2021, 9:35 PM

People may not be confident their privacy is being protected when they use applications to notify them when they’ve been in close contact with others who could be infected with a disease, a new Government Accountability Office report says.

The lack of confidence is in part due to few independent privacy and security assessments as well as insufficient federal legal protections, according to the Sept. 9 report.

The GAO noted in the report there is no federal privacy law today, though some states, including Virginia, Colorado, and California, have passed comprehensive privacy legislation. The public may be less likely ...

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