Web Conference: COVID-19, SARS, Influenza — How Businesses Can Weather a (Privacy) Pandemic

Original broadcast date: Nov. 24, 2020

Coronavirus has caused substantial turmoil for people and businesses all over the globe. Governments and companies are reacting to the crisis by collecting massive amounts of personal data, including location, personal relationships, previous illnesses and travel arrangements. Big Data companies are using search terms to predict the spread of the virus, and governments are revealing personal location to alert those who were in the vicinity of an infected patient. While most companies had Business Continuity Plans for a crisis, hardly any of these were created with GDPR in mind. In this session, our expert panelists discuss the several legal implications, such as: what kind of data is required to be processed and how is it protected? How are the rights of the individuals protected, and what happens to the collected information once a global crisis is over?

Stefan Plier, CIPP/E, CIPT, FIP, Corporate DPO, Siemens Energy
Merel Schwaanhuyser, CIPP/A, CIPP/E, CIPM, Senior Compliance and Ethics Counsel, Global Data Privacy, Accenture
Marcus Sinha, Regional Senior Manager, EU Data Protection and Privacy, Amgen