General Privacy & Data Security News & Developments

I was lucky enough to participate in an excellent panel of healthcare professionals discussing how COVID-19 has impacted medical technology, methods of treatment and research, and patient privacy rights. If you are concerned with contract tracing applications, or what governments, employers, or private companies may be doing with data from contact tracing applications, we also had a terrific discussion on those topics.
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Following Democratic and Republican federal Coronavirus data privacy bills, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, and U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Tina Smith, introduced a bill for the Coronavirus Containment Corps Act. The bill aims to enhance contact tracing in the U.S. to prevent COVID-19

Under the legislation, the Centers for Disease

A United Nations representative warned of the privacy risks associated with contact tracing in the fight against COVID-19 in a recent interview.

“The danger is that measures brought in to protect citizens in exceptional circumstances, when most people accept they are needed, could outlast the current crisis, said Joe Cannataci, the U.N. special rapporteur on

Dan Or-Hof and Rotem Perelman-Farhi analyzed the Israeli Supreme Court decision on COVID-19 related phone tracing by the Israeli Secret Service in an article for the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

“The violation of the right to privacy is severe because the [Israeli secret service] tracks the location and other personal information related to law-abiding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has published its “Exercise Starter Kit for Workshop on Reconstituting Operations,” which is available here.

This excellent resource will get many businesses started as they prepare to resume limited or full operations, but entities should also be careful to address any safety, privacy and insurance issues (to name a

While it received little publicity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington State recently passed a landmark facial recognition law regulating state and local government agencies’ deployment of facial recognition software. The law becomes effective July 1, 2021, and could ultimately forecast future private sector regulation.

The law regulates facial recognition services, defined as

Synthetic data — defined as artificial data having the same statistical properties as real data — has gained much attention recently as a privacy-enhancing technology. If done properly, the artificial data acts as a proxy for the real data, is completely anonymous, de-identified, and cannot be connected to the original data. Not only can synthetic

The “COVID–19 Consumer Data Protection Act of 2020” has been filed and purports to regulate the information collection which will likely increase as businesses and workplaces reopen. Provisions include:

  • Prior consent for the collection of personal information for the purpose of COVID-19 tracking
  • The ability to revoke this consent at any time
  • Enforcement by the

According to a new Pew Research survey:

  • Six in ten Americans say that if the government tracked people’s locations through their mobile phones, it wouldn’t make much of a difference in limiting the spread of COVID-19
  •  52% say it would be at least somewhat acceptable for the government to use people’s cellphones to track the