As over 2million Irish People have downloaded the HSE COVID 19 tracker app, the indepth results of this study, funded through the COVID-19 Rapid Response call that examines Irish attitudes to privacy in COVID-19 times, found that there has been a huge increase in respondents, from 14% pre-pandemic to 61%, willing to share personal data including location, contacts, and medical data.
The research is part of the PRIVATT – Assessing Irish attitudes to privacy in times of COVID-19 project led by DCU and hosted by the ADAPT and LERO research centres, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
Survey results at a glance :
Lead Principal Investigator Dr. Irina Tal said
“The results of our survey indicate that the people are using the app out of a community sense, for the greater good. Many noted the HSE’s efforts around transparency of data processing and publishing the data protection impact assessment of the app.
However, at least some of the respondents feel that they are sacrificing their privacy and they need to know that this sacrifice is worthwhile. Hence, they’d like more data showing the effectiveness of the application. Publishing this data, showing more app success stories would reinforce the trust in the app and its adoption.”
Ongoing privacy concerns
Researcher: Dr. Malika Bendechache, ADAPT, School of Computing, DCU, Dr. Kristina Kapanova, ADAPT, TCD, Dr. Pintu Lohar, School of Computing, DCU, Dr. Evgeniia Jayasekera, School of Computing, NCI, Dr. Guodong Xie, ADAPT, DCU, Dr. Ramona Trestian, Middlesex University London, Dr. Rob Brennan, ADAPT, School of Computing, DCU, Dr. Irina Tal, LERO, School of Computing, DCU,Dr. Edoardo Celeste, ADAPT, School of Law & Government, DCU