DUBLIN – Irish personal data survey

The majority of the Irish population are willing to share their personal data for the cause of stemming the spread of the coronavirus, new research has found. 87% of the Irish public would be happy for their personal data and medical records to be used under public health emergency crises, a study published yesterday by the Irish Computer Society shows.

Meanwhile, 84% of Irish people believe that technology can be employed to good effect to fight COVID-19, according to the research, which surveyed 1,000 Irish people across a range of age groups. 

Earlier this week, Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) announced plans to roll out a new smartphone app that will be used to trace contact between infectees via Bluetooth connections. 

“As the pandemic spreads further, it has become clear that personal data will play an essential role in understanding the virus and ultimately containing it,” Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society, has said.

“Our survey indicates that the vast majority of people are happy for medical researchers, practitioners, and public health officials to collect and analyse their personal data in a bid to better track the virus, learn more about how it spreads, and predict its movements,” he added. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)

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