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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New legislation imposes stronger privacy protections on Australia’s planned contact-tracing app.

“The Australian government’s coronavirus tracing app will have stronger privacy protections under legislation which has passed Parliament,” reports The New Daily.

“People found accessing the data without authorization will face up to five years’ jail and fines of $63,000.

Businesses refusing to serve

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

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

Alessandra Pierucci, Chair of the Committee of Convention 108 and Jean-Philippe Walter, Data Protection Commissioner of the Council of Europe, issued a Joint Statement on Digital Contact Tracing.

Key principles for digital tracing:
  • transparency
  • data minimization
  • impact assessment
  • de-identification
  • safeguards from automated decision making

More details in my client alert.

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

“Even faced with a major global health threat, most people in America would oppose intrusive technological measures such as tracking apps to contain the spread of the virus,”  shows a new survey.

“At the same time, Americans are worried that such measures would lead to greater government surveillance in the long term, even after the