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Pandemic Data-Sharing Puts New Pressure on Privacy Protections

  • Facebook, data scientists help cities, states monitor mobility
  • Privacy experts call for guardrails on sharing consumer data
A smartphone screen displays information from the Israel Ministry of Health Hamagen coronavirus symptom tracker app.

A smartphone screen displays information from the Israel Ministry of Health Hamagen coronavirus symptom tracker app.

Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

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Data sharing by technology companies is helping government officials fight the dizzying spread of the coronavirus by monitoring compliance with social distancing and stay-at-home orders.