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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy in Europe: 

  • The French data protection authority, the CNIL, said the “StopCovid” contact tracing app can be legally deployed as it “appears to be a complementary instrument to the manual health investigation system” and allows for faster notification of those who have come into contact with an individual diagnosed with the virus.
  • The Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Digital Rights Ireland and data protection experts published nine human rights principles to ensure robust privacy protections for contact tracing apps.
  • U.K. digital rights group Open Rights Group is preparing a lawsuit against the government for its data retention plan for the COVID-19 "track and trace" program, ITPro reports.
  • According to Yahoo News, U.K. House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg turned back calls for privacy legislation to regulate the country's COVID-19 contact tracing app. Also, Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights Chairman Harriet Harman wrote to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock rebutting his opinion that new legislation is unnecessary.
  • The Federal Cabinet of Germany, Bundesregierung, announced the launch of the first version of the country's COVID-19 tracing app. (Original post is in German.)
  • BBC News reports France's StopCovid app was installed by 600,000 citizens less than a day after its launch.
  • Reuters reports Italy deployed its COVID-19 tracing app despite lingering privacy concerns.

Editor's note: The IAPP Resource Center compiled global privacy updates on its COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page. 


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