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:
- Euractiv reports EU researchers are developing a COVID-19 tracing app based on machine learning algorithms from voice, cough and breath samples.
- According to Reuters, researchers and advocates continue to see privacy issues with India's contact tracing app, including comparing its centralized database to the country's controversial Aadhaar biometric identification system.
- The Kerala High Court is seeking a report from the Indian government regarding the country's contact tracing app and whether its data collection and use is justified, the Economic Times reports.
- NS Tech reports the U.K. National Health Service released its data protection impact assessment for the NHSX contact tracing app, revealing low risk on many previously stated privacy concerns.
- Slovakia’s Constitutional Court ordered a halt to parts of a telecommunications law allowing authorities to access telecom data for contact tracing purposes, Reuters reports.
- Norway's data protection authority, Datatilsynet, issued a statement to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health regarding issues found with the country's contact tracing app. (Original post is in Norwegian.)
- Reuters reports South Korea plans to add privacy measures to its contact tracing efforts.
- Gov. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., indicated privacy will play a big role in Rhode Island's contact tracing app, Government Technology 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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