Thinking (using COVID-19) about location data

During the pandemic, a lot of ideas have come up – not just contact tracing! – where useful information might be derived from location data. It struck me that a selection of those might be an interesting illustration of how intrusiveness isn’t just about the data we use, but what we use it for. Here’s a video…

If you’d like to know more about “might”: how to assess whether an envelope sketch could actually work, that’s discussed in my new paper:

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (of data)

And if you’d like to do a more formal assessment of intrusiveness, try our

Intelligent Campus DPIA Toolkit


By Andrew Cormack

I'm Chief Regulatory Advisor at Jisc, responsible for keeping an eye out for places where our ideas, services and products might raise regulatory issues. My aim is to fix either the product or service, or the regulation, before there's a painful bump!

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