HHS
HIPAA enforcement relaxed for COVID-19 testing sites
/ COVID-19, Fines news, HIPAA, US

HIPAA enforcement relaxed for COVID-19 testing sites

Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for violations of the HIPAA Rules against covered entities or business associates in connection with the good faith ...
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Politico
Kushner’s US surveillance program irks privacy experts

Kushner’s US surveillance program irks privacy experts

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s task force has reached out to a range of health technology companies about creating a national coronavirus surveillance system to give the government a near real-time view of where patients are seeking treatment and for what, and whether hospitals can accommodate them, ...
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The Guardian
UK's ICO OK with use of phone data for COVID-19
/ COVID-19, Privacy commentary, UK

UK’s ICO OK with use of phone data for COVID-19

The UK’s privacy watchdog has said the government can legally use personal data from people’s mobile phones to track and monitor behaviour if it helps fight the spread of coronavirus. It emerged last week that the government was in talks with UK mobile phone companies to potentially use ...
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The New York Times
Privacy "plummets" with COVID-19 crisis

Privacy “plummets” with COVID-19 crisis

In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surveillance-camera footage, smartphone location data and credit card purchase records to help trace the recent movements of coronavirus patients and establish virus transmission chains. In Lombardy, Italy, the authorities are analyzing location data transmitted by citizens’ mobile phones to determine how ...
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The European Data Protection Board
EDPB issues statement on COVID-19
/ COVID-19, Privacy commentary

EDPB issues statement on COVID-19

Governments, public and private organisations throughout Europe are taking measures to contain and mitigate COVID-19. This can involve the processing of different types of personal data. Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), said: “Data protection rules (such as GDPR) do not hinder measures taken ...
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Information Commissioner's Office (UK)
UK's ICO will be "reasonable and pragmatic" given COVID-19
/ COVID-19, Privacy commentary

UK’s ICO will be “reasonable and pragmatic” given COVID-19

We all share the same concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The need for public bodies and health practitioners to be able to communicate directly with people when dealing with this type of health emergency has never been greater. Data protection and electronic communication laws do ...
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