The Hot New Covid Tech Is Wearable and Constantly Tracks You #WearableWednesday

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The New York Times has an article about the rise of info-tracking wearables in the battle to monitor covid. Its important measures are in place to protect the safety of both public health and private information.

Civil rights and privacy experts warn that the spread of such wearable continuous-monitoring devices could lead to new forms of surveillance that outlast the pandemic — ushering into the real world the same kind of extensive tracking that companies like Facebook and Google have instituted online. They also caution that some wearable sensors could enable employers, colleges or law enforcement agencies to reconstruct people’s locations or social networks, chilling their ability to meet and speak freely. And they say these data-mining risks could disproportionately affect certain workers or students, like undocumented immigrants or political activists.

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