07/05/2020

COVID-19 Round-up

COVID-19 privacy news (w/e 7th May)

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

1st May:

  • Hogan Lovells provides a useful outline of the EDPB’s New Guidelines for Clinical Trials in the EU related to COVID-19.

3rd May:

  • The Guardian reports how Covid-19 contact tracing technology must adhere to human rights and data protection laws.

4th May:

  • ICO appears before Human Rights Joint Committee Data protection expectations on contact tracing app development.
  • The Guardian reveals UK Government launches trial of contact-tracing app on the Isle of Wight.
  • Reuters reports Health Secretary Matt Hancock said privacy and security were a priority in the development of the NHSX's contact tracing app.
  • TechCrunch reports how UK’s contact-tracing strategy still faces questions as DPIA not seen by ICO.
  • The Register reveals how contact-tracing app data may be kept for research purposes long after the crisis ends.
  • EURACTIV report Hungary is to suspend EU data protection rights until the current state of emergency has ended. 

5th May:

  • The Register confirms Apple-Google will limit access to contact-tracing API to one app per country.
  • The Register reveals UK almost alone with centralised contact-tracing app strategy that probably won't work and may be illegal.
  • The Intercept_ reveal the inventors of Bluetooth believe that there may be using their technology for contact-tracing.
  • Open Rights Group voice their concerns over the NHS app, which lacks due diligence.

6th May:

  • European Parliament announces MEPs to discuss how personal data is being used in the fight against COVID-19.
  • E&T highlight how residents of the Isle of Wight have mixed feelings over contact-tracing trial.
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