Senate Bill 8450C, or An Act to Amend the Public Health Law in relation to the Confidentiality of Contact Tracing Information, passed the New York State Senate and Assembly and will be delivered to the governor’s office for signature.

The bill requires that information collected for COVID-19 contact tracing be kept confidential and not be

The New York State Senate has approved a measure that would protect the privacy of contact tracing data.

“The NY state Senate approved a measure (S.8450C/A.10500C) that would keep contact tracing information confidential and ensure it is only used for tracing efforts.”

“All private contractors hired for contact tracing would be required to

The Spanish data protection authority AEPD has published helpful guidelines around the design and use of apps to control access to public places and social distancing.

  • Collect only what you need
  • Use only for the social distancing purpose
  • Be mindful of third party providers in the app
  • Delete when no longer necessary
  • Beware of children’s

Following the decision of the Israeli government to submit a bill allowing phone tracking by the Secret Service for the purpose of COVID-19 tracing, a group of Israeli privacy experts and leaders, including Haim Ravia, Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, Karine Nahon, Michael Birnhack, Niva Elkin-Koren, Anat Ben-David, Eran Toch, former heads of the Israeli data protection

Following widespread protest by the Israeli privacy community and the population at large, a decision by the Israeli Supreme Court and a statement from the head of the Israeli Secret Service that its involvement is not necessary given the current state of the pandemic—the Israeli cabinet has decided to withdraw a controversial law allowing monitoring

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.