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    Locating corona infected people using cell phone location data

    Corona is very popular with cyber criminals. Hackers take advantage of the fear of the virus and send emails with infected attachments or corrupted links. The security specialists warn that the goal is to install malware on the victim’s cell phone.

    Movement data from smartphone users is already being used in some countries to combat the Corona threat. There are now such considerations, but data protection advocates are warning. Locating infected people via cell phone data is not permitted without consent for data protection reasons and a corresponding arrangement is probably not in accordance with the constitution. Korea is currently one of the countries with the highest numbers of people infected with the coronavirus. In order to combat a further spread of the virus, people can also use apps or special websites to find out whether and where exactly there were infected fellow citizens near them.

    Whenever you approach a place that a coronavirus patient had previously visited, the apps can give a warning and thus encourage increased caution and vigilance, or people can find out about the situation in one place on websites in advance.

    Locations Of Corona Patients Using Credit Cards Or Cell Phone Location Data

    These offers are based on extensive patient data collections, on the one hand involving extensive surveys of contacts and whereabouts, and on the other hand using data from credit card statements or even location data from cell phones.

    Critical Without Consent And Probably Also Disproportionate

    From the legal point of view, forced access to the location data of infected people is problematic. The exclusive use of cell data, unlike the much more precise GPS data, only enables very imprecise location determinations. The corresponding encroachment on personal rights would not be compatible with the basic law because the small gain in knowledge of this measure could not outweigh the encroachments on the fundamental rights of those affected.

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