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Assess privacy before launching contact tracing apps, advocacy groups say

Briefs | 06/24/2020 5:09 pm EDT
Prime minister Justin Trudeau arrives at Rideau Hall to meet with Governor General Julie Payette and dissolve Parliament in order to call the 2019 federal election on September 11, 2019. Photo by Andrew Meade.

Contact tracing apps aimed at assisting public health authorities in tracking the spread of COVID-19 shouldn’t be launched before privacy commissioners across the country have performed their assessments, a coalition of civil liberties and open internet advocates have argued in a Wednesday letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

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