The latest COVID-19 privacy news from the EU, Ireland and US

(Apr 7, 2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy: Facebook announced it launched new tools to help researchers track COVID-19. European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee Chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar said the use of smartphone data to monitor COVID-19 must respect privacy rules, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The Irish Data Protection Commission found health care organizations shared patient information with ... Read More

La AAIP establece cómo deben tratarse los datos de las personas que se encuentren afectadas por el COVID-19   

(Apr 7, 2020) El pasado 11 de marzo de 2020, la Agencia de Acceso a la Información Pública (AAIP, por sus siglas) publicó en su sitio web una nota en la cual se indica de qué manera deberán tratarse los datos personales de las personas que se encuentren afectadas por el coronavirus conocido como COVID-19. Para ello, la AAIP señaló algunos principios fundamentales de la regulación vigente que deberán tenerse en cuenta a la hora de tratar estos datos. Entre ellos, se encuentra el requisito de recabar el consent... Read More

Los datos personales en tiempos de coronavirus

(Apr 7, 2020) ¿Por qué se debe proteger la identidad de los pacientes con COVID-19? La abogada Lía Patricia Hernández, del Instituto Panameño de Derecho y Nuevas Tecnologías (Ipandetec, por su acrónimo), explica la importancia de tener discreción en el manejo de los datos médicos de cualquier persona.Nota Completa ... Read More

The latest COVID-19 privacy news from the EU, France, UK and US

(Apr 6, 2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy: European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski called for a "pan-European approach" for mobile apps used during the pandemic. The European Data Protection Board is working to produce guidance for processing data amid the crisis. U.K. National Data Guardian Fiona Caldicott highlights how the British "information governance framework" has been able to facilitate health data sha... Read More

COVID-19 privacy updates from the US

(Apr 3, 2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy in the U.S.: 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. 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.  The U.S. Centers for Di... Read More

The latest COVID-19 privacy news from the EU, New Zealand and US

(Apr 3, 2020) 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, EURACTIV.com 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... Read More

COVID-19 privacy updates from around the world

(Apr 3, 2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy around the world: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy Joseph Cannataci believes COVID-19 surveillance will damage the future of privacy, Reuters reports. A group of researchers propose a method to collect smartphone location data to track the spread of COVID-19 while protecting the privacy of users, ZDNet reports. Smart City Works Founder and CEO David Heyman said c... Read More

COVID-19 privacy updates from Europe

(Apr 2, 2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy in Europe: In Europe, 130 researchers from eight countries are developing applications to support contact tracing efforts in the fight against COVID-19, while complying with privacy laws, Reuters reports. Reuters reports German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said tracking apps used to fight COVID-19 can only be used voluntarily. U.K. Information Commissioner's Office Deputy Commiss... Read More

The latest COVID-19 privacy developments from the Asia-Pacific region

(Apr 2, 2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here are the latest stories on how the outbreak has affected privacy in the Asia-Pacific region: The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand wrote in a blog post how a code under the Privacy Act triggered by a national emergency declaration gives agencies the authority to collect, use or disclose personal information for purposes related to the emergency. The Guardian reports the Chinese government’s “health code” technology service, used to moni... Read More

How the Census Bureau, researchers use synthetic data

(Apr 2, 2020) In the early 2000s, internet accessibility made risks of exposing individuals from population demographic data more likely than ever. So, the U.S. Census Bureau turned to an emerging privacy approach: synthetic data. In this piece for Privacy Tech, RedTail AI Ethics Journalist Kate Kaye writes about the Census Bureau's use of synthetic data, as well as how it is used by clinical researchers, autonomous vehicle system developers and banks.Full Story... Read More