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Survey launched to understand public opinion on data use to monitor COVID-19

A national survey has been launched by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Diabetes Digital Media, University of Warwick, and University of Edinburgh.

The survey asks about use of personal health and location data in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and opinions on how data is used in the control of the infection.

Charlotte Summers, Founding Chief Operations Officer and Head of Research at DDM said: “Smart phone apps, including ones supported by governments, are being tested and rolled out globally to trace people who might be infected. They vary in design and each country is using the data differently. Concerns have been raised about personal privacy and ethics. People want choice, and people want to know what’s happening. We are interested in seeing what people actually want, and ensuring health apps adhere to this – particularly in light of COVID-19.”

The research team will use the survey data to understand people’s views on the use of personal health and location data during the COVID-19 pandemic. The insights generated from the study will help inform policy makers, public health doctors, app designers and other researchers with their work.

The survey can be found here: https://ddm.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/covid-19

The survey runs until August 31, 2020. Respondents can request a copy of the report that will be compiled as part of the research.

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