Reporter, Data Security & Privacy
Dave Perera joined the Washington, DC office on Nov. 26 as our new technology reporter, as we build out that part of our coverage for next year. He is a veteran cybersecurity reporter for Politico and a former editor for FierceMarkets publications. Dave studied Spanish and Italian literature at the University of Colorado, and has a Master’s degree from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Selected Insights by Dave
A privacy backlash has led South Carolina to bar its health department from using smartphone contact-tracing apps.
Smartphones’ potential in disease tracking lies in two areas: tracing populace movements, and Bluetooth-enabled proximity tracking.
Apple and Google revealed plans today to turn iOS and Android smartphones into coronavirus threat-detectors.
Equifax faces a bill of slightly more than $2 billion to settle consumer complaints stemming from the credit reporting agency’s massive 2017 data breach.
Novel coronavirus is the first global pandemic to arrive in an era when nearly the entire population can be tracked in real time, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and social media. The question facing non-authoritarian governments is how heavily to draw on that trove of private sector data in a bid to limit the deadly disease.