mPrivacy is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary organization committed to enabling the
scalable, standardized, privacy-preserving use of telecommunications’ data to
address global crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The mPrivacy team draws on
deep expertise across the fields of governance, risk management and compliance
(GRC), artificial intelligence, privacy-enhancing technologies, telecommunications,
privacy, and digital health.
Maintain anonymity, secure privacy, and risk awareness through the ethical exhange of data.
The goal is to create an ethical exchange of data from mobile operators and telecom companies while maintaining anonymity, securing privacy, and risk awareness.
COVID-19 is a global calamity on an unimaginable scale, with devastating consequences. Private companies, particularly telecommunications operators (Telcos), are producing significant amounts of data every day, which can help answer key questions about current and emerging hotspots. While these data may be used for valuable analysis and model building, the data may also reveal sensitive information about individuals, depending on the level of anonymity of the data. One way of responsibly leveraging Telco data to research COVID-19 response, and to tackle other global emergencies, is to draw valuable insights from aggregated, anonymised mobility data that reflect the movements of groups of individuals without identifying or singling-out any individual user. mPrivacy.org is building standards to enable stable and efficient use of telco data, while preserving the anonymity of underlying users.
Privacy-Enabled Technologies/Initiatives for COVID-19