These are unprecedented times, and the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic raises some essential questions in the data debate. Governments worldwide are faced with the challenge of gathering the right data so they can track cases and fight the spread of the coronavirus. Their solutions generally lie in one of two directions: totalitarian surveillance or citizen empowerment. From our perspective, the solution is crystal clear. At INNOPAY, we are strong advocates of enabling organisations and individuals to manage access to their data in effective and empowering ways. This is urgently needed to build the necessary trust so that data owners will provide consent. Data-sharing based on consent is vital to keep the digital transactions ecosystem well-oiled… and it is also crucial in the fight against COVID-19.
For more details, read our blog on data sovereignty in the context of COVID-19.