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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | The latest COVID-19 privacy developments from the Asia-Pacific region Related reading: EU member states move toward agreement on European Health Data Space



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

  • Japan’s Personal Information Protection Committee released five recommendations on the use of contact tracing mobile apps in the fight against COVID-19, including obtaining consent for data collection and implementing a process for deletion.
  • The head of Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency, Randall Brugeaud, said the COVIDSafe contact tracing app is not properly recording data on iPhones, the Guardian reports.
  • In a blog post by law firm Gilbert + Tobin, Australian data privacy experts offer suggestions to the government for drafting legislation that would ensure the success of the COVIDSafe-enabled contact tracing.
  • The Guardian reports Australia introduced draft privacy legislation for the country's COVID-19 contact tracing app. Per the draft, the misuse of collected COVID-19 data is punishable by five years in prison or a $63,000 fine.
  • The Sunday Morning Herald reports Australia's COVID-19 contact tracing app has been installed by just 16% of citizens, which falls short of the 40% goal of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
  • The Mandarin reports New South Wales Privacy Commissioner Samantha Gavel discussed how privacy law can facilitate proper data processing during and after the pandemic.
  • Privcore Managing Director Annelies Moens, CIPT, issued a statement regarding her take on Australia's contact tracing efforts and its implications on privacy and data protection.
  • Reuters reports India will require all public and private sector workers to install COVID-19 contact tracing apps while also mandating the apps be used for many everyday activities.
  • Those in the city of Noida who don’t have the Aarogya Setu contact tracing app on their smartphones will be fined or jailed, The Indian Express reports.
  • NPR International Correspondent Anthony Kuhn reports on the privacy issues stemming from South Korea's use of contact tracing apps.

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


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