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Saturday, June 06, 2020

Pandemic Status Checker App Asks for Physical Symptoms?

Trial implies actually blocking campus access based on stored information.  Predictive?  Seems some of the information is based on simple query.    Implications of false positives and negatives?

U.S. University to Trial Covid-19 Checker App Linked to Campus Access
Financial Times
Dave Lee
June 4, 2020

About 1,000 University of Kansas graduate students and staff will trial a smartphone application designed to check for Covid-19 symptoms before permitting them to access the university campus. The CVKey system will ask users about their physical condition, and potential coronavirus symptoms, before generating a QR code that will permit access to six key buildings on campus. The non-profit CVKey organization said the app’s underlying code will be open source, and will store health data locally on each user's phone. Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a proponent of the system, observed efforts like this face opposition from data privacy advocates. She said, "We will see about the trust element of [CVKey], and whether or not we can engage a population in using it."  ... " 

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