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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | The latest COVID-19 privacy developments from the Asia-Pacific region Related reading: A guide to operationalizing privacy by design

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy in the Asia-Pacific region:

  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is urging citizens to waive privacy rights and participate in the country's pandemic tracking efforts, Reuters reports.
  • Member of Australian Parliament Barnaby Joyce is among a group of politicians boycotting Australia's COVID-19 tracking app until privacy measures are added, the Brisbane Times reports.
  • India's Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs announced the release of a COVID-19 tracking app for quarantined individuals.
  • The concept of Bluetooth contact tracing is picking up traction across the world, Axios reports.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Researchers and analysts have varying perspectives on what might happen with COVID-19 surveillance efforts beyond the pandemic, Reuters 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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