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Daily Dashboard | The latest COVID-19 privacy news from the EU, Hungary, UK and US Related reading: COVID-19 privacy updates from Europe



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

  • The European Commission released recommendations "for the use of technology and data to combat and exit from the COVID-19 crisis."
  • The French government is working on an app designed to notify individuals when they have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, Reuters reports.
  • The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office warned supermarkets that have received data about vulnerable patients to delete the information once the pandemic ends, the Guardian reports.
  • Hungary's National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information released guidance to help employers comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation during the pandemic.
  • Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health launched a smartwatch app to track COVID-19, Reuters reports.
  • Gov. Doug Burgum, R-N.D., and the North Dakota Department of Health launched a mobile app to track the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
  • Quartz reports South Africans are concerned about increased government surveillance stemming from the pandemic.
  • Privacy advocates raised concerns over Ontario first responders having access to COVID-19 information, Global News reports.
  • The New York Times Editorial Board writes individuals should not have to sacrifice their privacy when using digital platforms to work from home.
  • Indiana University Health Chief Information Security Officer Mitch Parker discusses privacy and security issues around the pandemic in an interview with GovInfoSecurity
  • Slate reports on some of the drawbacks of selling personal data 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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