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Daily Dashboard | The latest COVID-19 contact tracing updates from EU, India, Singapore and more Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, 16 April 2021



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:

  • Reuters reports EU countries that have just started deploying contact tracing apps may have better luck with effectiveness and privacy compared to initial apps that have been rolled out in some member states.
  • The Guardian reports U.K. National Health Service's Tony Prestedge, chief operating officer of the NHS test-and-trace system, says the contact tracing plan won't be fully operational until September.
  • Also in the U.K., lawyers have voiced privacy concerns over the country's contact tracing efforts, reports.
  • Morocco's Ministry of Health announced the launch of the contact tracing app Wiqaytna. (Original post is in French.)
  • Reuters reports Singapore may begin requiring all 5.7 million citizens to wear contact tracing devices.
  • In an op-ed for Swarajya, Kunal Vyas, an advocate practicing in the Gujarat High Court, writes invasions of privacy by India's contact tracing app are lawful and reasonable.
  • In an op-ed for The Lancet, a group of Canadian and U.S. scientists discuss how contact tracing is necessary, but requires many privacy considerations and should be based on opt-in consent.

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