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Around the world, medical professionals are using smartphone data to conduct contact tracing - that is, determining who may have been in proximity to someone with COVID-19. In a pandemic, Canadians may be willing to disclose such information to government-run public health agencies. "But how much of this will we be willing to tolerate in normal times?" asks Rohinton P. Medhora, the president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a think tank in Waterloo, Ont. "I think awareness around what Big Data firms have done and how much privacy was invaded is now such a public conscience issue. The data firms...

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