As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy:
- Following the U.K. National Health Service's announcement on the release of its COVID-19 tracing app, the Information Commissioner's Office released its own statement allaying privacy concerns regarding NHS's launch.
- The Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, issued a warning to employers that taking employee's temperatures amidst COVID-19 is a privacy violation and may result in subsequent fines. (Original post is in Dutch.)
- The Trump administration has awarded surveillance firm Palantir a contract to build a U.S. tracking database for COVID-19, Gizmodo reports.
- Officials in Westport, Conn. have foregone a plan to deploy temperature-tracking drones, the Hartford Courant reports.
- The Economist reports on the potential for governments to use COVID-19 as a way to relinquish some civil rights, including privacy.
Editor's note: The IAPP Resource Center has compiled global privacy updates on its COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page.
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