26/06/2020

COVID-19 Round-up

COVID-19 privacy news (w/e 26th June)

Here are the latest stories on how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected privacy:

19th June:

  • The Guardian reveals that neither Apple nor Google were made aware of UK plans to use their technology with NHS app.
  • WIRED details why the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app failed.
  • openDemocracy reveals new concerns over privacy and profit in NHS COVID-19 data deals.
  • digitalhealth has learned from analysing the NHS Covid-19 data store DPIA that information collected would not be broken down by ethnicity.
  • EURACTIV reports Crowd monitoring facial recognition tech awarded Commission seal of excellence fight against coronavirus.

20th June:

  • The Guardian reveals that NHS Contact-tracing app developers 'tried to block rival symptom trackers'.

23rd June: 

  • IAPP publishes article on whether DPA enforcement of GDPR will be strong enough during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Open Rights Group publish article highlighting the importance of data protection even though the NHSX app has been delayed.

24th June:

  • The Guardian reports how privacy campaigners believe businesses face privacy minefield on how to gather and store customer data they will be required to collect as part of the 4th July reopening plan.

25th June:

  • DLA Piper outlines the contact-tracing requirements for businesses helping with the national test and trace effort.
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