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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | The latest COVID-19 privacy developments from the Asia-Pacific region Related reading: Martin Abrams: A look back at a career in information privacy and consumer policy



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

  • The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner issued a statement on the privacy implications of the country's recently released contact tracing app.
  • ZDNet reports the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued a three-month delay of enforcement of the Consumer Data Right.
  • The Australian Department of Health issued its privacy impact assessment for the country's newly released COVID-19 tracking app, ZDNet reports.
  • Kerala State Crime Records Bureau Additional Director General of Police Sudesh Kumar opened a probe into a data breach connected to the COVID-19 tracking app being deployed in the Indian state, The New Indian Express reports.
  • The National Privacy Commission of the Philippines issued a bulletin discussing the protection of patient data against unauthorized access during COVID-19. The NPC also opened an investigation into a data breach of 154 COVID-19 patients, The Philippine Star reports.
  • Also from The Philippine Star, Philippine National Police acknowledged police officers violated citizens' privacy as they enforced the enhanced community quarantine.
  • In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, IAPP Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer Omer Tene discussed the pandemic's impact on global privacy issues.
  • Digital forensics company Cellebrite has approached governments about using its services to track the spread of COVID-19, Reuters reports.
  • Twitter announced it will give researchers and software developers access to a real-time data stream of tweets about COVID-19, Reuters reports.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation called on COVID-19 contact tracing app developers to consider the privacy risks surrounding the technology, HealthITSecurity reports.
  • In an op-ed for The Brookings Institution's "TechStream," Ashkan Soltani, Ryan Calo and Carl Bergstrom discuss why contact-tracing apps are not the way to combat COVID-19.
  • Forbes reports privacy advocates remain concerned about Google and Apple's contact tracing app despite the companies' privacy concessions.
  • BenefitsPRO reports on what employee privacy rights should be considered during COVID-19.
  • ID2020 Alliance published a white paper suggesting COVID-19 immunity passports should employ biometrics to curb privacy concerns, Biometric Update reports.
  • Reuters reports Amazon claims the imminent deployment of thermal cameras in its workplaces will not put employees' privacy at risk.

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


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