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Daily Dashboard | COVID-19 privacy updates from France, Netherlands, Poland and more Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, 5 June 2020


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

  • The Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, released a statement regarding its position on using location data to track COVID-19, saying emergency legislation must be adopted to do so lawfully. (Original post is in Dutch.)
  • The French data protection authority, the CNIL, issued guidance on telework security measures. (Original post is in French.)
  • Poland's data protection authority, UODO, published a guide to help schools maintain data privacy principles as they move forward with remote learning. (Original post is in Polish.)
  • Germany's Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, the BfDI, published guidance on employee data processing amid COVID-19. (Original post is in German.)
  • United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy Joseph Cannataci believes COVID-19 surveillance will damage the future of privacy, Reuters reports.
  • NPR reports Moscow is rolling out new COVID-19 surveillance to track quarantined individuals. 
  • The Mainichi reports the Japanese government has called on telecoms and technology firms to voluntarily supply their user data toward COVID-19 tracking.
  • The Financial Times reports on China's COVID-19 surveillance efforts and tech companies' reluctance to provide user data.
  • Brazil's largest telecom, Telefonica Brasil, will grant the government access to cellphone data for COVID-19 tracking purposes, Reuters reports.
  • The Washington Post reports COVID-19 has brought on a new wave of student surveillance with online exam proctoring.
  • The New York Times reports on its analysis of COVID-19 tracking involving the anonymous cellphone data of 15 million Americans. 

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


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