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Daily Dashboard | The latest COVID-19 privacy news from Australia, EU, the Netherlands and more 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:

  • Euractiv reports European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager said the EU doesn't "have to choose between fighting the virus and protecting privacy" when it comes to COVID-19 tracking apps.
  • CNET reports on the privacy test contact tracing apps pose to the EU and how Germany will take charge in facing the challenges.
  • The Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, announced the Netherlands' seven options for COVID-19 tracking apps each lack clear data protection frameworks. (Original post is in Dutch.)
  • 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.
  • The concept of Bluetooth contact tracing is picking up traction across the world, Axios 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.
  • 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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