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

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it is exercising its discretion in how it applies the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Science, Commerce & Transportation will hold a paper hearing titled “Enlisting Big Data in the Fight Against Coronavirus” April 9. 
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a job opening for a chief data officer, Nextgov reports.
  • GeekWire reports police in Bellevue, Washington, stirred privacy concerns after building a tool that allows individuals to report mass gatherings against the state government's COVID-19 orders.
  • Apple worked with the CDC and White House to develop an app and website that will act as a COVID-19 symptom-screening tool, CNBC 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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