COVID-19 Case Tracking System in Quarantine Policy: Focus on the Privacy Shift Concept and Application in South Korea

Kwansik Moon, Nackhwan Kim, Jemin Justin Lee, Hyunsik Yoon, Kyungho Lee

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Abstract

This study analyzed how Korea’s quarantine policy manages personal information to prevent and control COVID-19. Korea effectively halted the spread of COVID-19 through epidemiological investigations and cell-broadcast systems. In this process, the route of infection is presented without identifying the patient, and the necessary participants are selected only through authentication. We found a correlation between the number of emergency text messages sent by the Ministry of Interior and Safety in 2020 and the number of confirmed cases (R2 = 0.465, p < 0.001). Based on Korea’s case, we propose a new concept for solving the personal information problems that might arise during a pandemic response.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11270
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume19
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Sep

Keywords

  • cell broadcast system
  • COVID-19
  • epidemiological investigation system
  • pandemic
  • privacy shift
  • quarantine policy
  • South Korea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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