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Chicago Partner Jena Valdetero was quoted June 10 by CNN Business regarding the introduction of contact tracing into the work environment as companies seek to reopen offices safely, and the data privacy and security issues that may arise from the collection and storage of health and location information. Contact tracing involves keeping track of those who have tested positive for the coronavirus or are presenting associated symptoms, as well as other people they may have exposed, through various methods, including phone apps, laptop virtual private network (VPN) data, workplace badges that use radio frequency identification (RFID), and other technologies that track location. “Companies need to find the right balance between creating a safe workspace and using whatever tools are available to them and making sure they are complying with the laws and respecting their employees' privacy,” Valdetero said. “We will be asking people to do things that we've never asked them to do before.”

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