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.

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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

Democratic Senators introduced a second COVID-19 privacy bill.

It addresses the collection and processing of data in connection with fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. This Democratic Senate bill shares a number of key points with the recently filed Republican Senate bill, among them:

  • consent required for collection and revocable
  • disclosure at collection
  • information security
  • data minimization

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

Italy’s Garante and France’s CNIL publish updated guidelines on privacy in the workplace as workplaces are opening up for a phased return to normal.

Per CNIL:

  • Automatic collection of temperature (e.g. by thermal cameras) is not allowed
  • Taking temperature by means of a manual thermometer (such as for example of infrared type without contact) at

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