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Phone Tracking Data In COVID Fight Raises Privacy Concerns

Phone Tracking Data In COVID Fight Raises Privacy Concerns

Smartphone mobility data is helping government officials measure social distancing compliance in the fight to contain COVID-19. But it also poses privacy concerns. One company’s proposal could help the city of Memphis track citizen movements deep into the neighborhood level – a move that could violate a longstanding federal order prohibiting political surveillance.

This story was produced by WKNO-FM in partnership with The Institute. 

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Marc Perrusquia is the director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis, where graduate students learn investigative and explanatory journalism skills working alongside professionals. He has won numerous state and national awards for government watchdog, social justice and political reporting.

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