After the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, public health authorities and some private companies started preparations to produce various digital applications in order to ease contact tracing in the fight against the pandemic. The fact that these applications use Global Positioning System (GPS) and/or bluetooth technologies to obtain location of their users and measure their distances to other individuals constantly brought the question of security and privacy. On May 20, Google and Apple introduced the exposure notifications API to be used by contact tracing applications of public health authorities to make it easier to identify whether individuals have been in close contact with COVID-19 positive cases with the slogan of 'Using technology to help public health authorities'. The fact that this interface operates with a distributed system compared to the other centralised contact tracing applications has created trust in this system in terms of privacy. Although using technological solutions seems advantageous for contact-tracing during Coronavirus pandemic; it brings some limitations as well. From a sociological perspective, a critical outcome of using these solutions is datafication of people; hence, pave the way towards commodification of them. This research aims to describe the present situation about the ownership and privacy measures of the data obtained via the digital contact tracing applications of different actors over the concept of `biopolitics'. Meanwhile, it aims to project the significance of being data literate in order to protect the application users in any case of violation of privacy.
: 16 Kasım 2020
|APA||Altuncu, S , Altuncu, M . (2021). Mahremiyet, Verileştirme ve Dijital Kovid-19 Takip Uygulamaları . TRT Akademi , 6 (11) , 72-87 . DOI: 10.37679/trta.826421|