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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:

  • The Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill 2020, which will regulate Australia's COVIDSafe app, has been introduced to Parliament, according to ZDNet.
  • In an op-ed for The Sydney Morning Herald, Priya Dev writes that Australia should alter its contact tracing app rather than draft privacy laws to regulate it.
  • CMO Australia explores the potential short- and long-term impacts of Australia's COVIDSafe app.
  • Also with Australia's COVIDSafe app, The Sydney Morning Herald reports Australian privacy advocates are voicing fresh privacy concerns about the app's centralized database.
  • Business Today reports former Supreme Court of India Justice BN Srikrishna believes India's mandate for contact tracing app adoption is unconstitutional.
  • The Hindustan Times reports the Indian government rolled out new protocols to regulate the country's COVID-19 contact tracing app, including the addition of a right to deletion.
  • 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.
  • Reuters reports South Korea plans to add privacy measures to its contact tracing efforts.

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

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