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Countries around the world continue to grapple with COVID-19 contact tracing apps and their privacy implications. Here are the latest developments regarding the deployment of those apps:

  • According to TechCrunch, Apple and Google are releasing updated policies for their contact tracing application program interface that include consent and data minimization requirements, as well as location data restrictions.
  • The Guardian reports Australia introduced draft privacy legislation for the country's COVID-19 contact tracing app. Per the draft, the misuse of collected COVID-19 data is punishable by five years in prison or a $63,000 fine.
  • Reuters reports U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said privacy and security considerations were a priority in the development of the NHSX's contact tracing app, which is set to be tested on the Isle of Wight.
  • As the U.K. prepares to roll out its app, its contact tracing efforts are now facing questions regarding transparency and interoperability, TechCrunch reports.
  • Privacy and Access Council of Canada President Sharon Polsky believes Alberta's contact tracing app shouldn't have been released due to its privacy flaws, IT World Canada reports.
  • In an op-ed for VentureBeat, Ghostery President Jeremy Tillman explains the reasons why U.S. Congress should consider creating a subcommittee to tackle the potential launch of contact tracing apps.
  • In an op-ed for Forbes, Simon Chandler writes about the privacy pitfalls that are being overlooked as contact tracing is considered and deployed.

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

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