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Michigan College is Tracking its Students With a Flawed App -- Is This an Intrusion of Privacy? -- COVID RISK DATA MODELS

chriskiser18 profile image Chris Kiser ・2 min read

Here is the article!

Is this Intrusive or Necessary?

In my opinion, a version of this could be used successfully with not as much intrusion as the current app has. So at its current state, I do believe this is too intrusive. I don't think it is right that the college can know exactly where you are at any point, though I do understand why they are doing it like this, I would not want to be tracked in this way myself.

Would I Accept this at my College? (Penn State)

This question is interesting because I am bound to say yes I would accept it at my college. I feel like it doesn't concern me too much to the point where I would end up leaving Penn State in rebellion to the tracking of data. So yes, I would accept this, would I agree with it completely? No, not at all...

Is Privacy of data more Valuable than Safety?

In a sense, the privacy of data is safety. So yes I do think that the privacy of data is more important than a possible outbreak of COVID19, especially when the people being affected would mostly be college students. If there was a data breach and all of this private data got out people could be hurt a lot worse than any other form of harm.

Envision more ethical ways of solving this issue with tech?

A more ethical way for this would be to have a couple of different forms of the app. Don't make it mandatory for everyone to use it, you could make it available for people who deem it necessary and have a less intrusive form of testing and tracking for those who feel violated by the original app.

This "new" app could be just a form of a dashboard, kind of like PSU has. It has all the cases and case numbers for tests distributed but doesn't actually intrude on personal information and privacy.

Extra pictures/videos:

Below you will find updated COVID tuples and ER Diagrams from my last week's post.

COVID Tuples:

Covid Tuples

Conceptual Risk Factors:

Conceptual Risk Factors

Physical Risk Factors:

Physical Risk Factors

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