On September 28, the Citizen Lab published an analysis of COVID-19 data collection practices. In this post, we discuss the significance of the findings with report authors.
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In this report, we undertake a preliminary comparative analysis of how different information technologies were mobilized in response to COVID-19 to collect data, the extent to which Canadian laws impeded the response to COVID-19, and the potential consequences of reforming data protection or privacy laws to enable more expansive data collection, use, or disclosure of personal information in future health emergencies.
On December 21, 2020 the Citizen Lab released a report that discovered issues with three COVID-related applications in Indonesia and the Philippines. This document provides a summary of the research findings and questions and answers from the research team.
The following is the Tagalog translation of the FAQ and key findings from the report titled Unmasked II: An Analysis of Indonesia and the Philippines’ Government-launched COVID-19 Apps.
As part of the Citizen Lab’s research into the security and privacy of applications, we report on issues we discovered with three COVID-related applications in Indonesia and the Philippines – PeduliLindungi, StaySafe PH, and COVID-KAYA.
The following is the Bahasa Indonesia translation of the FAQ and key findings for the report titled Unmasked II: An Analysis of Indonesia and the Philippines’ Government-launched COVID-19 Apps.
Ang COVID-KAYA ay isang platform na ginagamit ng mga frontline healthcare workers sa Pilipinas para mangolekta at magbahagi ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan. Natagpuang nagtataglay ng mga kahinaan ang web at Android apps nito, na pinapayagan ang mga walang pahintulot na user na makuha ang pribadong datos tungkol sa mga gumagamit ng app, at maaring maging ang datos ng mga pasyente.
COVID-KAYA, a platform used by frontline healthcare workers in the Philippines to collect and share COVID-19 cases with the Philippines Department of Health, contained vulnerabilities in both the web and Android apps that allows for unauthorized users to access private data about the app’s users, and potentially patient data.
As a follow-up to our March 2020 report, we conducted daily tests on WeChat and collected 2,174 censored keywords between January to May 2020. This data provides a view into how narratives and messaging on the pandemic are controlled and molded on social media in China.
The analysis of YY and WeChat indicates broad censorship—blocking sensitive terms as well as general information and neutral references—potentially limiting the public’s ability to access information that may be essential to their health and safety.