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:
- Yahoo News reports U.K. House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg turned back calls for privacy legislation to regulate the country's COVID-19 contact tracing app. Also, Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights Chairman Harriet Harman wrote to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock rebutting his opinion that new legislation is unnecessary.
- Reuters reports Italy deployed its COVID-19 tracing app despite lingering privacy concerns.
- The Economic Times reports India launched 40 contact tracing apps, many of which privacy researchers consider to have "ineffective, weak and confusing" privacy policies, according to the report.
- Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien indicated the country's existing privacy laws may not fully regulate contact tracing apps, IT World Canada reports.
- The University of Washington announced an online training course for contact tracing that includes information on protecting privacy.
- In an op-ed for Fast Company, BigID Vice President of Privacy and Policy Heather Federman, CIPP/US, discusses the need for strong safeguards for personal data being used for contact tracing.
Editor's note: The IAPP Resource Center has compiled global privacy updates on its COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page.
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