Analysis: a new study has found that Irish attitudes to privacy and the Covid-19 tracker app have changed during the pandemic.

First published on RTÉ Brainstorm, on Wednesday, 03 February, 2021.

Contact tracing apps used in tracing and mitigating the spread of Covid-19 have sparked discussions and controversies worldwide. The major concerns in relation to these apps are around privacy. Ireland was praised for the design of its Covid tracker app, and the transparency through which NearForm and the HSE addressed privacy issues. The HSE provided a considerable amount of information on their website regarding the data processing, and made the data protection impact assessment of the app available to the public. The source code of the app is also available as open source and can be examined.

Read the full article by Dr Irina Tal of Lero, DCU with her colleagues Edoardo Celeste, Rob Brennan, Malika Bendechache from DCU and Ramona Trestian of Middlesex University.