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Canada Dashboard Digest | The latest COVID-19 privacy developments from around the globe Related reading: Planned Parenthood LA, tech manufacturer breached


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy around the world:

  • A coalition of nearly 300 academics wrote a letter endorsing Apple and Google's efforts to build a privacy-focused COVID-19 contact tracing app, TechCrunch reports.
  • Ars Technica reports biometric-based driver monitoring systems are being updated to identify drivers wearing face masks.
  • The Verge reports a coalition of nonprofits and scholars is urging social media platforms to hold onto COVID-19 misinformation data for future behavioral health studies.
  • In an op-ed for The Hill, Ido Kilovaty and Mason Marks write the best safeguard against abuse of COVID-19 tracking tools will be the right to "digital self-defense."
  • The concept of Bluetooth contact tracing is picking up traction across the world, Axios reports.
  • Researchers and analysts have varying perspectives on what might happen with COVID-19 surveillance efforts beyond the pandemic, Reuters reports.
  • From The New York Times' On Tech newsletter, Shira Ovide provides highlights from a conference call she and NYT Opinion Writer Charlie Warzel held with readers on COVID-19 tracking.

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


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