Lifting lockdown: the emerging role of the contact tracing app

Jim Webber, chief scientist at graph database firm Neo4J feared a slippery slope that could erode further much-needed trust in the authorities. Intrusive social graphs could easily be constructed using the gathered data, he said.

“I don’t believe at the moment that the government has figured out how to deal with this response in the long term,” said Webber. “We have no guarantees that our data won’t be used for other things in the future, and that’s worrying because it pits the good data scientist against the long-term stewardship of that data.”

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