The privacy issues of contact tracing

How can we navigate the student privacy issues involved in contact tracing?

Reported by EdSurge, when a student is identified as testing positive for COVID-19, re-tracing their steps on campus can be a fairly easy digital process. A college could see when the student swiped their keycard to enter a building, or when a student’s phone connected to a Wi-FI hotspot. This can provide sophisticated data in terms of whom the student may have been in contact with, with likely more detailed information than the student’s memory.

The takeaway? Our campus’ digital infrastructure could theoretically make contact tracing pretty easy. What’s less easy is addressing the privacy concerns these technologies arise.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.