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Security of Pandemic Surveillance Apps

Written by DFM Team

Security of Pandemic Surveillance Apps

The most recent global pandemic has sponsored a rush to generate applications for mobile phones that can track contacts and communicate vital health management information. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated application development for the express purpose of implementing health and safety management requirements. These applications have push and pull features that allow communication to the user, and for the user to supply real time data to health authorities. The benefit is for virus control through the real time changing of human behaviour. The objective is to halt and to disrupt the spread of disease using the Covid-19 virus vulnerability, isolation. The ideal scenario fairly distributes humans at safe distances from each other allowing the virus threat to be neutralised. However, in practice many issues arise that mitigate the impact of the strategy, and challenge the design of such a mobile phone application.  

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