Privacy and Security in the Era of COVID-19
In an era where most people around the world have access to powerful computers at arm’s reach, the tech industry has grappled with the unintended consequences of balancing privacy and security. Conversations in the public eye have ranged from message encryption and device fingerprinting to location data and advertising profiles, all of which pose a rippling effect throughout society. But for most Americans, this wasn’t an immediate issue – only something politicians and tech executives talked about.
But the global outbreak of COVID-19 — and the quest to cope with and contain the outbreak — has brought the issues of privacy and security to the forefront, with the added complication of public health and safety. While people are taking extraordinary measures to keep themselves and their families safe, they also have to resolve the cybersecurity problems that have evolved from this outbreak:
- Am I a victim of a COVID-19 scam?
- What is Zoom bombing?
- How does contact tracing work?
- Can my contact tracing data be used against me?
In Episode 2 of the CoviDB Speaker Series, Bernadette Clavier, Director of the Public Management and Social Innovation programs at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, hosts a broad discussion of the security and privacy issues around the outbreak of COVID-19 with Shuman Ghosemajumder, the Global Head of AI at F5 Networks. As the former Head of Product for Trust & Safety at Google and co-founder of Google’s Privacy Council, Shuman has seen how the opportunities for cyber fraud and privacy overreach have evolved with new technologies.
Join us as we walk through the main security and privacy challenges in the arena of public health and COVID-19 in our latest episode: