Small government advocates raise concerns over contact tracing in coronavirus fight

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A high-tech method to pinpoint who is infected with the coronavirus is drawing pushback over potential privacy abuses.

Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of the chamber’s most conservative Republicans, is among the most outspoken about contact tracing.

That process involves health workers interviewing people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to figure out who they may have recently been in contact with. Then, they tell people who may have been exposed, sometimes encouraging them to quarantine themselves to prevent spreading the virus further.

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