As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy:
- Council of Europe Committee of Convention 108 Chair Alessandra Pierucci and Data Protection Commissioner Jean-Philippe Walter released a joint statement with their perspectives on COVID-19 contact tracing.
- ZDNet reports on why the U.K. NHSX opted against using Google and Apple's COVID-19 tracing app. NHSX CEO Matthew Gould informed the British Parliament that the first version of the U.K.'s COVID-19 tracing app will be ready in "two to three weeks," BBC News reports.
- The Washington Post reports a survey showed three in five Americans would either refuse to use a COVID-19 contact tracing app or don't have the technology to do so.
- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., are among the lawmakers warning against privacy concerns with contact tracing apps, the New York Post reports.
- HealthITSecurity reports the U.S. National Security Agency released guidance on cybersecurity for remote work.
- The U.S. Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Health and Human Services Department each issued advisories on protecting sensitive information amid COVID-19, Nextgov reports.
- Newfoundland and Labrador Privacy Commissioner Michael Harvey indicated he prefers a decentralized system for a COVID-19 contact tracing app, CBC News reports.
- TechCentral reports on the logistics of South Africa's plans for COVID-19 cellphone tracing.
- Human rights groups in Kenya urged the government to consider privacy concerns with potential contact tracing efforts using cellphone location data, The Star reports.
- Telecompaper reports telecom MTN Nigeria denied sharing identifiable user information toward Nigeria's contact tracing efforts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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