Ethical considerations for movement mapping to identify disease transmission hotspots

Bouke de Jong, Badou M Gaye, Jeroen Luyten, Bart van Buitenen, Emmanuel André, Conor J Meehan, Cian O'Siochain, Kristyna Tomsu, Jérôme Urbain, Koen Peeters Grietens, Maureen Wandia Njue, Wim Pinxten, Florian Gehre, Ousman Nyan, Anne Buvé, Anna Roca, Raffaella Ravinetto, Martin Antonio

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Traditional public health methods for detecting infectious disease transmission, such as contact tracing and molecular epidemiology, are time-consuming and costly. Information and communication technologies, such as global positioning systems, smartphones, and mobile phones, offer opportunities for novel approaches to identifying transmission hotspots. However, mapping the movements of potentially infected persons comes with ethical challenges. During an interdisciplinary meeting of researchers, ethicists, data security specialists, information and communication technology experts, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and others, we arrived at suggestions to mitigate the ethical concerns of movement mapping. These suggestions include a template Data Protection Impact Assessment that follows European Union General Data Protection Regulations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)e1-e6
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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