Less than half of Americans feel comfortable sharing personal data for contact tracing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to a survey from Pew Research Center. Though 51% of adult respondents say they would likely be resistant to at least one of the actions involved in contact tracing, 48% say they would be comfortable with engaging in all three actions, which entail speaking to officials, sharing location and data, and quarantining if needed.
About four-in-10 Americans have low confidence in public health organizations’ ability to keep their data safe from hackers. Half of respondents to the survey felt the same regarding sharing their data with the federal government.
Most countries have enforced comprehensive contact tracing options during the pandemic, through apps, for example, unlike the U.S., which has been relying on manual options. Sixty-eight percent of Americans feel that their personal information is less secure compared to five years ago, so to successfully enforce contact tracing apps while also maintaining American trust, the government needs to communicate privacy policies clearly.