As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy:
- In a post for his office's blog, European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski discussed data protection considerations during the pandemic.
- The Belgian data protection authority, Gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit, has provided its opinion on preliminary draft Royal Decrees on COVID-19 apps and their databases. (Original post is in Dutch.)
- iPolitics reports Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains addressed privacy concerns related to Canada's potential use of contact tracing apps.
- Reuters reports India's federal government is stirring privacy concerns with its mandate to require contact tracing apps to be used for many everyday activities.
- Privacy researchers in Australia are urging the government to further consider privacy in its COVID-19 legislation and contact tracing apps, Financial Review reports.
- Business Insider reports U.S. companies are investing in thermal cameras with facial recognition to track potential COVID-19 symptoms among employees.
- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass., said Massachusetts will address privacy concerns before rolling out any form of COVID-19 contact tracing app, MassLive reports.
- The Center for Democracy and Technology has created a COVID-19 resources page dedicated to helping countries uphold human rights, including privacy, during the pandemic.
Editor's note: The IAPP Resource Center has compiled global privacy updates on its COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page.
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