The Covid-19 emergency put, perhaps for the first time, two major issues in real conflict: the right to privacy and the tracking of individuals. An ethical dilemma of not simple solution. Is it possible to harmonise the two requirements, or will we always have to give priority to one of the two rights?
A question that takes on national importance following the Call Covid-19 with which the government has intended to ask those who deal with analytical software and develop tracking systems, to propose technological solutions that can be implemented in a short time to be able to control the spread of
On this subject, in a recent interview with Ansa, Antonello Soro, President of the Authority of the Data Protection Authority, spoke: • Rights may, in emerging contexts, suffer even incisive limitations, but these
Soro is therefore clear in his position: yes to restrictions but commensurate with the need and limited in time.
We at 01net have addressed this issue with experts in the sector, gathering their different views and angles from which to look at this issue.
Paolo Frizzi, AD and founder of Libraesva, expressed a thought in line with that of the Guarantor:
♪ Of course situations of extreme gravity such as the one we are experiencing may require limitations on personal freedoms, such as that on movements already in place or the obligation of social distance. In this respect, a temporary reduction in the right to privacy and in particular to tracking individual movements may be necessary. To mitigate the impact, the amount of data must be limited to the minimum necessary and the destruction of data must be ensured at the end of the emergency. Furthermore, data collected on different platforms could be distributed, so we could provide greater protection for citizens and take less risks in the event of a data breach.
Gabriele Zanoni, EMEA Solutions Architect di Verodin › FireEye has addressed the theme with a particular focus on cybersecurity.
□ The issue is particularly sensitive, and it must certainly be discussed by the authorities very carefully. It is not our responsibility as a reality of computer security to direct such a choice.
But we can certainly say that it will be necessary to involve cybersecurity experts immediately: the choice of which solution to adopt and which structure to put into place has a significant impact on data security. In short, you have to create a threat model that is security by design, to minimize risks.
Security is a top priority, but those dealing with an emergency may not be able to handle it properly, with all the attention being paid to the management of the current emergency. We are finding this in a lot of organizations that have found themselves having to implement smart working solutions in a very fast time and without proper planning.
Gastone Nencini, Country Manager of Trend Micro Italia, was as concrete as it was full of common sense in its contribution.
♪ My first thought is certainly related to privacy, but the real question is: who is entrusted with the data obtained?
In fact, our daily life is dotted with a constant collection of our data through a plethora of tools, starting with fidelity cards, fuel cards, and many apps used by billions of people around the world.
The same electronic identity card contains our biometric data, and we assume that institutions keep this data in the safest way from the point of view of computer security to date.
The more respectable and reliable the organization that manages the data collected is the more protected and reliable. It is essential that the Government entrusts projects and projects to a partner with proven experience.
Safety is always essential, and in this case it is important not to fall into the temptation to do everything quickly, leaving out a security by design approach.
We as Trend Micro are communicating and working with a common sense and rationality approach: safety is always important and in this emergency we see no difference in approach.
I would like to see a new level of civic education in schools, and to talk about digital civic education: there is a significant lack of basic awareness, which Trend Micro seeks to spread through programs such as internet safety for kids. I hope that the state will become aware of this need as soon as possible.
Alessandro Papini, President of Accademia Italiana Privacy analyzes the topic of the use of technological tools to monitor and counter the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Italy.
•Traching of people would be useful to create a database that allows, afterward, to verify the movements of those who are found to be positive to the coronavirus so that they can identify the people with whom he came in contact and act A solution to narrow the field could be to ask citizens to voluntarily install an application that, in addition to using a GPS-based detection system: we are talking, therefore, about a colossal derogation from privacy rules. Something that would require, first of all, ad hoc legislative intervention. Secondly, such a hypothesis would require the establishment of an extremely transparent system.
The debate on this issue is open and will not end quickly: many different sensitivities, many ideas are coming out and making an interesting contribution to the debate.
We are open to collecting the views of companies that want to make their contribution.