Massachusetts Accused Of Installing COVID ‘Spyware’ On Over A Million Phones In Lawsuit

NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 13: Jordane Domain gets a COVID-19 test done by a healthcare worker on January 13, 2022 in North Miami, Florida. During the holiday surge people waited in a long line at the North Miami Senior High School site, but today people are able to walk in with little to no wait.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “These secret installations not only invade owners’ reasonable expectation of privacy, but they also intrude upon owners’ property right in their mobile devices by occupying valuable storage space,” the class-action lawsuit, entitled Wright v. Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • The lawsuit contends that the actions of the DPH during the pandemic were unconstitutional and showed a “brazen disregard for civil liberties.” It also claims that the app was installed “secretly” on the phones of over a million Bay State residents.
  • In statement to the Boston Herald, DPH said it could not “comment on pending litigation.”

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