COVID-19 privacy news

02/04/2020 | COVID-19 Round-up

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

  • 28th March, UK Government announces NHS plan to use data to target COVID-19 hot spots.
  • 31st March, Reuters - Germany preparing to launch a Singapore-style coronavirus app.
  • 31st March, Reuters - UN warns Coronavirus surveillance poses long-term threat to privacy.
  • 31st March, Reuters - Germany announces COVID-19 tracking apps must only be used voluntarily.
  • 31st March, Privacy International - Bluetooth being used in places for COVID-19 location tracking.
  • 1st April, Reuters - 130 researchers from eight European countries are developing contact tracing apps that comply with privacy laws in the fight against COVID-19.
  • 2nd April, Open Rights Group - Governments use of surveillance technologies to fight COVID-19 pandemic must respect human rights.
  • 2nd April, EURACTIV - European Commission monitoring mobile applications use to make sure EU “values and rules” are not infringed upon.
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