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  • Do COVID-19 apps protect your privacy?

    Masooda Bashir

    Many mobile apps that track the spread of COVID-19 ask for personal data but don’t indicate the information will be secure. Information sciences professor Masooda Bashir and doctoral student Tanusree Sharma analyzed 50 apps and their privacy protections. Bashir studies information technology, human psychology and society, including how privacy, security and trust intersect with information systems.

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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Masooda Bashir, email mnb@illinois.edu. To contact Tanusree Sharma, email tsharma6@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Use of apps in the COVID-19 response and the loss of privacy protection” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0928-y