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Europe Data Protection Digest | COVID-19 and health care privacy updates from Europe Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, June 18, 2021




  • Denmark’s data protection authority, Datatilsynet, announced a probe into the handline of COVID-19 test results by Medicals Nordic. Datatilsynet will examine data protection practices used for the exchange of tests between staff members over WhatsApp chat.
  • The Irish Examiner reports telecommunications company Three is supplying location data on its 2.4 million customers to help the Irish government track COVID-19-related restrictions. Ireland’s Department of Health is using the data to monitor people’s movements 10 kilometers outside their domicile.
  • TechCrunch reports the European Data Protection Supervisor received a complaint from members of the European Parliament regarding alleged privacy issues with a COVID-19 test-booking website. The complaint claims the site deployed third-party trackers without users’ consent, presented a confusing cookies banner and transferred data to the U.S. without legal basis.
  • While she can see the benefits to COVID-19 passports, U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told members of Parliament they would raise data protection and human rights concerns, according to Yahoo Finance.
  • Denham’s office contributed to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology’s research briefing on artificial intelligence and health care. “AI uses huge amounts of sensitive personal data and privacy should be considered from the start to gain public trust and maximise the significant benefits this technology can bring to patients’ and clinicians alike,” the ICO said.
  • Research by Top10VPN analyzing 65 existing digital health certificate applications operating around the world found 82% had inadequate privacy policies, Business Insider reports.

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