Following Democratic and Republican federal Coronavirus data privacy bills, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, and U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Tina Smith, introduced a bill for the Coronavirus Containment Corps Act. The bill aims to enhance contact tracing in the U.S. to prevent COVID-19
Under the legislation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shall provide to the appropriate Congressional committees a strategy to expand COVID–19 contact tracing.
The strategy will include:
- Plans to use mobile or app-based contact tracing technology, including:
- Plans to prevent the misuse of data and to ensure the automatic deletion of data after the conclusion of the COVID–19 public health emergency; and
- Plans to prohibit data sharing with and within the federal government, with the exceptions of the CDC and the Indian Health Service;
- Strategies to record and publicly report de-identified data, while protecting the privacy of individuals and information regarding their personal health.