Senator Josh Hawley has written to the CEOs of both Apple and Google, demanding that they should be ‘personally liable’ if their respective companies stop protecting user privacy within its COVID-19 contact tracing technology.

In the letter, dated April 21, 2020 he writes:

Your recently announced project to respond to COVID–19 by tracking when and where Americans interact with each other raises serious concerns. Especially because of Google’s poor record on privacy, I fear that your project could pave the way for something much more dire. The possible implications this project could have for privacy are alarming. For example, your materials state that the data necessary for this project will be anonymized. But anonymity in data is notoriously unstable. Data typically can be reidentified simply by cross-referencing it with another data set. Pairing the data from this project with…

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