When the new COVID-19 response legislation is signed into law, Kansas will become a leader among the states in protecting citizens’ privacy and civil liberties during the pandemic by tightly regulating “contact tracing.” Contact tracing is a long-established method used by the public health community to identify and contain contagious and infectious diseases, but the unregulated nature of contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic left many Kansans concerned about the procedure and about how collected information may be used. With this new statute, Kansas will put in place enforceable statutory protections specifically to protect citizens’ privacy and civil liberties during COVID-19 contact tracing… the process of identifying people with whom an infected person has had recent contact that has potential to spread the disease. So far, more than 11,000 people are working as contact tracers in response to COVID-19 nationwide.