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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 European Commission released recommendations "for the use of technology and data to combat and exit from the COVID-19 crisis," and according to Internal Market and Services Commissioner Thierry Breton, the commission is monitoring apps used to track COVID-19, Euractiv reports.
  • European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski called for a "pan-European approach" for mobile apps used during the pandemic.
  • The European Data Protection Board is working to produce guidance for processing data amid the crisis.
  • Politico reports European Union regulators plan to meet to discuss the pandemic's impact on data protection.
  • European Law Blog looks at the EU sharing data with countries that have received an adequacy standing and how it may affect current and future decisions.
  • European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee Chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar said the use of smartphone data to monitor COVID-19 must respect privacy rules, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
  • The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office warned supermarkets that have received data about vulnerable patients to delete the information once the pandemic ends, the Guardian reports.
  • The U.K. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport partnered with British video game companies to deliver COVID-19 warnings to gamers, Euractiv reports.
  • U.K. National Data Guardian Fiona Caldicott highlights how the British "information governance framework" has been able to facilitate health data sharing.
  • The Irish Times reports on the potential privacy concerns surrounding the voluntary COVID-19 contact tracing app to be released by Ireland's Health Service Executive.
  • The Irish Data Protection Commission found health care organizations shared patient information with tech companies, The Irish Independent reports.
  • Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health launched a smartwatch app to track COVID-19, Reuters reports.
  • A coalition of 110 human rights and civil society groups called on governments around the world to respect human rights as they use surveillance technology to monitor COVID-19, ZDNet reports.

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


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