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Daily Dashboard | The latest on COVID-19 privacy issues Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 7 Dec. 2023


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

  • In this piece for Lawfare, Alston & Bird Senior Counsel Peter Swire looks at how lessons around privacy and security following the Sept. 11 attacks may inform the response to COVID-19.
  • U.S. senators asked the Trump administration to take measures to protect student data as courses move online, The Washington Post reports.
  • The Washington Post also reports on how smartphone data could be used to see who is practicing social distancing.
  • Mobile apps designed to help patients track COVID-19 symptoms must be careful with health care data, Bloomberg Law reports.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not ruled out using smartphone location data to track social distancing, CBC News reports.
  • The European Commission asked telecoms to share mobile data to help predict the spread of COVID-19, Politico reports.
  • Kommersant reports Russia's attempts to use location data may face regulatory hurdles.
  • Italian police may soon be able to use drones to monitor movement as the pandemic continues, CNN reports.

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