UW Privacy Office

February 1, 2021

How our outdated privacy laws doomed contact-tracing apps

Source: Brookings Institution, January 28, 2021

How our outdated privacy laws doomed contact-tracing apps

Contrary to the longstanding argument that people say they care about privacy but act like they don’t (sometimes called the “privacy paradox”), Americans refused to use these apps in large part due to privacy concerns. Privacy really mattered.