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Daily Dashboard | The latest COVID-19 privacy news from Australia, Ireland, UK, US and more Related reading: Privacy developments from California's 2022-2023 legislative session




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

  • According to Consumer Reports, there's a divide between tech companies and health professionals on the various personal data being used to track COVID-19.
  • The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office released an outline of its data protection expectations for NHSX's contact tracing app.
  • BBC News reports Ireland adopted the contact tracing app being created by Google and Apple.
  • In an op-ed for The Washington Post, the publication's editorial board wrote there's much left to be weighed, including privacy considerations, before the U.S. adopts contact tracing apps.
  • MediaPost reports U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., wrote a letter to Clearview AI regarding its potential development of a contact tracing app and the privacy issues it may cause.
  • VentureBeat's Emil Protalinski conducted a Q&A with Cameron Chell, CEO of Canada-based drone manufacturer DraganFly, regarding the failed bid for COVID-19 drone tracking in Westport, Connecticut, and the future of drone surveillance.
  • Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton issued a statement on the province's COVID-19 contact tracing app.
  • Global News reports that while Alberta has adopted a contact tracing app, privacy commissioners from other Canadian provinces are skeptical of deploying the technologies.
  • Reuters reports India will require all public and private sector workers to install COVID-19 contact tracing apps.
  • NPR International Correspondent Anthony Kuhn reports on the privacy issues stemming from South Korea's use of contact tracing apps.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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


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