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In CNBC.com, Mark Barnes Examines COVID-19 Apps for Infection Control to Safely Re-Open Offices

Practices: Health Care, Digital Health, Life Sciences, Health Privacy & Security

Health care and life sciences partner Mark Barnes (Boston) was quoted in a CNBC.com article on the development of digital contact tracing apps and wearable software for infection control as employers seek to safely re-open offices and factories.

Mark explains that it is legal for U.S. private employers to mandate that employees use a contact-tracing app as a condition of employment. He notes that each individual product is different, and issues including whether they track people outside of work, and whether employees self-report they are positive for the virus. “The optimal design from a privacy point of view of these apps would be cell phones and smartphones that talk to each other with Bluetooth technology, and the employer has no access to the server that stores that information,” said Mark.

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