Wednesday, September 8, 2021
David Sella-Villa (William & Mary), An Early Evaluation of the Privacy Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, 76 Bus. Law. 261 (2021):
At the time of this writing in mid-2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world and frustrated health experts. In the interest of “ﬂattening the curve” of new cases, state and local government ofﬁcials have implemented a variety of legal measures including stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements, and mandates to wear masks in public. These legal responses to the pandemic have created both new sources of data about people and new avenues for accessing existing data that may have been difﬁcult to access before the pandemic. This survey will address four common scenarios related to these data streams that these policies have fostered. The impact of these data streams on people’s privacy is just starting to be understood. The term “privacy” in this survey refers to an individual’s ability to control disclosure of her personally identiﬁable information. This survey explores some early answers to the question of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people’s privacy in the U.S context.