COVID-19 data sharing with law enforcement sparks concern

Virus Outbreak-Sharing Names
Posted at 11:28 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 12:28:03-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The coronavirus has sparked concerns about how private medical information is being used.

An Associated Press review shows that health officials in at least 35 U.S. states are sharing the addresses of those who test positive for coronavirus to first responders who request it. Ten of those states also share names.

Law enforcement officials say first responders use the information to take extra precautions that help them avoid contracting and spreading the disease. But civil liberty and community activists have expressed concerns of potential profiling in African American and Hispanic communities that already have an uneasy relationship with law enforcement.