Countries around the world continue to grapple with COVID-19 contact tracing apps and their privacy applications. Here are the latest developments regarding the deployment of those apps:
- The European Commission indicated it wants EU governments to make contact tracing apps voluntary, Reuters reports.
- Computer Weekly reports U.K. Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights Chairman Harriet Harman proposed a privacy bill to regulate the country's contact tracing efforts.
- The Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill 2020, which will regulate Australia's COVIDSafe app, has been introduced to Parliament, according to ZDNet.
- In an op-ed for The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian National University’s College of Business & Economics' Priya Dev writes that Australia should alter its contact tracing app rather than draft privacy laws to regulate it.
- Business Today reports former Supreme Court of India Justice BN Srikrishna believes India's mandate for contact tracing app adoption is unconstitutional.
- Contact tracing efforts in the state of Washington, including potential store logs of customer names, addresses and phone numbers, are stirring privacy concerns, KOMO News reports.
- According to WVLT, the Tennessee Department of Health and Emergency Communications Board have stirred privacy concerns with the release of COVID-19 patient information to first responders.
Editor's note: The IAPP Resource Center has compiled global privacy updates on its COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page.
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