Without a trace : Why did corona apps fail?

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dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15488/10548
dc.identifier.uri https://www.repo.uni-hannover.de/handle/123456789/10625
dc.contributor.author White, Lucie
dc.contributor.author Van Basshuysen, Philippe
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-16T07:39:37Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-16T07:39:37Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation White, L.; Van Basshuysen, P.: Without a trace : Why did corona apps fail?. In: Journal of Medical Ethics 2021 (2021). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2020-107061
dc.description.abstract At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, high hopes were put on digital contact tracing, using mobile phone apps to record and immediately notify contacts when a user reports as infected. Such apps can now be downloaded in many countries, but as second waves of COVID-19 are raging, these apps are playing a less important role than anticipated. We argue that this is because most countries have opted for app configurations that cannot provide a means of rapidly informing users of likely infections while avoiding too many false positive reports. Mathematical modelling suggests that differently configured apps have the potential to do this. These require, however, that some pseudonymised data be stored on a central server, which privacy advocates have cautioned against. We contend that their influential arguments are subject to two fallacies. First, they have tended to one-sidedly focus on the risks that centralised data storage entails for privacy, while paying insufficient attention to the fact that inefficient contact tracing involves ethical risks too. Second, while the envisioned system does entail risks of breaches, such risks are also present in decentralised systems, which have been falsely presented as € privacy preserving by design'. When these points are understood, it becomes clear that we must rethink our approach to digital contact tracing in our fight against COVID-19. © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2021. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ. eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher London : BMJ Publishing Group
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Medical Ethics 2021 (2021)
dc.rights CC BY-NC 4.0 Unported
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.subject COVID-19 eng
dc.subject ethics eng
dc.subject public health ethics eng
dc.subject public policy eng
dc.subject technology/risk assessment eng
dc.subject.ddc 100 | Philosophie ger
dc.subject.ddc 610 | Medizin, Gesundheit ger
dc.title Without a trace : Why did corona apps fail?
dc.type article
dc.type Text
dc.relation.essn 1473-4257
dc.relation.issn 0306-6800
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2020-107061
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume 2021
dc.description.version publishedVersion
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