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Daily Dashboard | The latest COVID-19 privacy news from the EU, New Zealand and US Related reading: A guide to operationalizing privacy by design



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

  • According to Internal Market and Services Commissioner Thierry Breton, the European Commission is monitoring apps used to track COVID-19, reports.
  • Politico Pro reports European Union regulators plan to meet to discuss the pandemic's impact on data protection.
  • European Law Blog looks at the EU sharing data with countries that have received an adequacy standing and how it may affect current and future decisions.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a job opening for a chief data officer, Nextgov reports.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it is exercising its discretion in how it applies the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • Bird & Bird released COVID-19 data protection guidance.
  • Politico reports Poland's COVID-19 app may be used as a blueprint for other countries.
  • A group of researchers developed a method to track smartphone location data to track COVID-19 while respecting user privacy, ZDNet reports.
  • New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards spoke with police about a text message tracking system to monitor those who have returned from overseas, NZ Herald reports.
  • The Irish Times reports on the potential privacy concerns around the voluntary COVID-19 contact tracing app to be released by Ireland's Health Service Executive.
  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Science, Commerce & Transportation will hold a paper hearing titled “Enlisting Big Data in the Fight Against Coronavirus” April 9. 
  • Gov. Laura Kelly, D-Kan., faced questions about the state's use of location data during the pandemic, the Associated Press 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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